By Harry Sykes
Neil McCann has slammed the Celtic fans for the “disgusting” and “despicable” abuse he has received during his playing and management career.
The former winger, who spent five years at Rangers from 1998 to 2003, has been a long-time target of the Hoops support, with some of the hostility stemming from the infamous Old Firm shame game in 1999.
McCann scored twice as Rangers clinched the league at Parkhead and he has never been forgiven by a large section of the Celtic support.
Now manager of Dundee, McCann, 43, knows he is in for plenty of hostile comments on Wednesday night when Celtic head to Dens Park for the Scottish League Cup quarter-final clash.
McCann, who grew up supporting Celtic but joined Rangers in 1998 from Hearts, told the Scottish Sun: “I suppose I will get a nice cheery warm welcome from the Celtic fans.
“It’s been the same since I’ve been playing football. Nothing they can say to me I haven’t heard before, and I’ve heard some disgusting, despicable things.
“But nothing they say will bother me in the slightest because all I care about is my team. My job is to concentrate on them, it’s not about me.
McCann’s men are massive underdogs in Wednesday’s quarter-final despite a 3-2 Premiership win against St Johnstone that lifted them off the bottom of the table.
Celtic are unbeaten in 55 domestic matches after carrying on this season where they left off in their remarkable treble-winning 2016-17 campaign.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has destroyed a midfielder for his display against Partick Thistle.