Celtic fan Jason McAteer can't wait for Ibrox joust

By Connor Gordon

September 24, 2019

Retired footballer and Celtic fan Jason McAteer can’t wait to play at Ibrox next month.

The former Republic of Ireland international will play for a Liverpool legends team against Rangers. The ex-midfielder is already putting himself up for a bit of stick when it comes to the fans. McAteer continues to state his love for bitter rivals Celtic ahead of the charity match at Rangers.

Jason McAteer backs Celtic before Rangers charity match

There’s one thing that footballers must do before facing the music in front of 50,000 fans.

Celtic fan Jason McAteer will play for a Liverpool legends team against Rangers. (Photo by Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images)

Don’t reveal yourself to be a supporter of the rival team of where you’re playing at.

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McAteer is ripping up the rule back and is nailing his colours to the mast before turning out in front of the Rangers fans.

He told the Daily Record: “Obviously there’s the Irish connection, being a Celtic fan. Sorry! Kenny Dalglish was my hero from his Celtic and then Liverpool days.

“I was at Celtic for a charity game not so long ago, which was great. It will be nice to come to Ibrox, because I’ve never been here.”

Jason McAteer turning out for the Republic of Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Buttering up the Rangers fans by saying that you’re looking forward to Ibrox won’t win him a lot of fans back.

Celtic fan pays respect to lost Rangers player

A Hoops fan who is less well known but should have his moment in the light is William Malone. The 32-year-old left a shrine at Ibrox for recently passed defender Fernando Ricksen.

Malone told the Scottish Sun that he did it to show that rivalry takes second place when it comes to tragedy.

He said: “The number one reason I did it was because Ricksen was a fantastic football player and brought a lot to Scottish football.

Fernando Ricksen in action for Rangers in 2001. (Photo by Mark Thompson /Allsport)

“You hated him playing against you but would have loved him on your team.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon and club Chief Executive Peter Lawwell left a club tribute on Friday afternoon.

Parkhead also did a minute’s applause at the weekend in the match against Kilmarnock too.