By Emma Sanders
Aberdeen loanee James Maddison admitted he received a wake-up call when he faced Rangers and Celtic for the first time this season.
The on-loan Norwich playmaker scored in Aberdeen’s 2-1 victory against Rangers in September and he was on the losing side as Celtic secured a comfortable 3-0 victory in the Betfred Cup final in November.
The 20-year-old claimed the games against the two clubs have a much higher intensity than others in the Scottish Premiership and he wasn’t expecting it.
“Before coming here I didn’t actually realise how big the Rangers game was. Now I know and to score against them earlier in the season I think will be one of the highlights of my career,” said Maddison in the Daily Record.
“I’ve played in a cup final [against Celtic,] I’ve played in front of 50,000 [against Rangers] which I hadn’t done before and I’ve taken a lot of physical knocks.”
The Championship youngster scored the winner in the 90th minute against Rangers and it was a sensational 25-yard strike – one which he hopes will have caught the eye of Norwich boss Alex Neil.
He signed for Norwich for £2.5 million in February from Coventry City, and is currently waiting to see whether Norwich want him back for the second half of the season.
He has made 16 appearances for the club so far this season and scored two goals, but is yet to record a victory against Celtic, who currently remain unbeaten in domestic competition in 2016-17.
Aberdeen currently sit in third position in the league table and are seven points behind Rangers, though they still have a game in hand, but they also trail Celtic by a huge 21 points.
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