Former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has revealed to The Scottish Sun his experience of attending an Old Firm derby.
Pardew attended the Scottish Premiership game between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park in March.
The match in Glasgow ended in a 1-1 draw. Stuart Armstrong put the Bhoys in the lead after 35 minutes, and Clint Hill restored parity for Rangers in the 87th minute.
Pardew was involved in the derby games between Newcastle and Sunderland when he was in charge of the Magpies, and the 55-year-old Englishman has shared his experience of taking in the Old Firm game between Celtic and Rangers last month.
“I really enjoyed the game,” Pardew told The Scottish Sun. “You could see it was a typical derby, but the occasion really was something else. There was an amazing buzz and I felt lucky to be there to absorb that.
“I’d experienced a similar buzz when I was Newcastle manager and we had the Tyne-Wear derbies against Sunderland, but the Old Firm game was extraordinary. The whole experience showed me it’s a great, great football fixture and I really enjoyed it.”
Newcastle and Sunderland are two of the biggest clubs in England and have a bitter rivalry, but it cannot be compared to the one between Celtic and Rangers.
Celtic and Rangers are two of the biggest clubs in the world, and their intense rivalry is second to none.
The two Glasgow giants will face each other in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup at Hampden Park this weekend.