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Aiden McGeady shares why the rivalry between Rangers and Celtic is so intense

By Harvey Byrne

Glasgow-born and former Celtic winger Aiden McGeady has explained that the rivalry between the Hoops and Rangers is because the hatred is almost like a religion.

The two sides are unquestionably the two biggest teams in Scotland with 101 top-fight titles between them.

The on pitch rivalry as well as coming from the same city has seemingly created one of the biggest derbies in world football.

Now, McGeady, who has his fair share of experiencing the matches after six years with Celtic has explained why the clash is so different to anywhere else.

“The Celtic-Rangers rivalry is different to anywhere else because it’s hatred, it’s religion — and so many other things,” told McGeady to the Sun.

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“You grow up a Celtic fan and are brought up to hate Rangers. That’s the way it is.”

McGeady chalked up 193 appearances for Celtic during his time at the club, bringing a return of 30 goals and 49 assists.

He is currently on loan in England’s second tier with Preston North End from top-flight side Everton.

The experienced wide-man will be delighted with the way his old side are performing as they sit atop the Premiership table, unbeaten in their 28 league matches.

Meanwhile, Rangers sit 33 points behind in third place and they will be keen to close some of that gap before the season’s end.

The two Glaswegian giants have already faced each other four times this season with Celtic winning three of them, while they shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw in their most recent clash.

They are set to play one more time in April for a Scottish Cup semi-final clash before the campaign’s end.

In other Rangers news, Pedro Caixinha has sent a message to Gers fans ahead of his first match in charge on Saturday.

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