Ex-Rangers man Martyn Waghorn comments on Celtic fans

Martyn Waghorn of Rangers is seen on arrival at the stadium prior to the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers have a famous rivalry with fellow Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic.

Martyn Waghorn of Rangers celebrates after he scores from the penalty spot during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4,...

Former Rangers hitman Martyn Waghorn has suggested to The Scottish Sun that he misses Old Firm derbies, but not the way in which Celtic fans used to treat him in public.

The 28-year-old spent two years in Glasgow, before leaving Rangers for Ipswich Town last summer.

During his time at Ibrox, Waghorn faced Celtic on six occasions across all competitions.

And although the English forward misses the "outrageous" rivalry that comes hand-in-hand with such a fixture, he admits that Celtic supporters would occasionally 'cross the line' when encountering him away from football.

"Those games against Celtic are on a different level, not only on the field but off the field too with everything else that comes with it," he told The Scottish Sun. "The week leading up to the game there’s so much hype in the press and they just look for anything to wind somebody up.

Martyn Waghorn of Rangers reacts during the Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Ibrox Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“The downside is that you can’t really leave your house for a few days afterwards. As a family man I probably found that side a little bit tough.

“Going to the park with my little boy, you’re just trying to have a nice day, and you’d have Celtic fans, adults, coming up to you and approaching you. That’s not nice. There were times when it probably crossed the line a little bit."

Waghorn endured a disappointing last season at Rangers, only netting seven goals in 32 Scottish Premiership outings.

The former Wigan star played a pivotal role in helping the Gers - then under Mark Warburton - win promotion from the Championship during the 2015-16 campaign, but struggled with the step up in class.

Nevertheless, he has clearly landed on his feet since leaving Rangers and Celtic behind, and scored 16 Championship goals for Town last term.

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