By Danny Wright

13th Mar, 2017 | 7:30am

Barry Ferguson: This is what got Rangers players up for fight v Celtic

By Danny Wright

Barry Ferguson has said that the pre-match predictions from pundits and the media spurred Rangers into grabbing a late point at Celtic on Sunday.

Clint Hill scored an 87th minute goal that levelled the score at 1-1 after Stuart Armstrong put Celtic ahead in the first half.

The draw was only the second time this season the Bhoys have failed to win a domestic game and it denied them an 18th consecutive win.

Ferguson believes that pundits such as Frank McAvennie and Andy Walker are to thank for motivating the Gers players to achieve the shock result.

“It was great motivation. Every one of those Rangers players will have known exactly what was written and said about them before a ball was kicked on Sunday,” wrote Ferguson in his column in the Daily Record.

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“They would have read and seen everything. Rangers have thrown what McAvennie and Walker said right back in their faces.

“When I was a player the pundits had their say and made their predictions on the outcome of Old Firm games.

“I used to always read it and if it was not to our liking, I’d pin it up in the dressing room and gather the players around and say stuff like, ‘that is what they think of us’ and ‘let’s shove it back in their face’.”

The 39-year-old had different spells at Ibrox and made a total of 431 appearances for the club when he won five Scottish league titles, five Scottish Cups and five Scottish League Cups.

He also had spells at Birmingham, Blackburn and Blackpool before he was made player-manager of Clyde in 2014, a role he recently resigned from in February.

Graeme Murty was taking charge of his final game as caretaker manager against Brendan Rodgers’ side on Sunday as incoming manager Pedro Caixinha watched from the stands at Celtic Park.

The Portuguese boss will manage his first game for the club against Hamilton next week in a league fixture.

In other Rangers news, Wes Foderingham has given his Twitter verdict on Sunday’s Old Firm stalemate.

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