Rangers icon Ian Ferguson has opened up on his famous 1997 Old Firm flashpoint with ex-Celtic striker Paolo di Canio – and slammed the Italian for making a “mountain out of a molehill.”

The Light Blues had practically secured their ninth consecutive Scottish title with a 1-0 win at Celtic Park with Ferguson and di Canio having to be separated during the game after exchanging words.

Ferguson admitted it was all the “usual stuff” that goes on in an Old Firm derby as the Gers secured a famous win – with Ferguson and di Canio’s confrontation taking many of the headlines.

“He got involved in something that he shouldn’t have got involved in,” Ferguson told fan podcast Heart and Hand, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“He was a typical loud mouth, getting involved in things that then made it worse than it actually was. As you seen on the TV he said he was going to break my legs and I’ve said i’ll see you up the tunnel. All the usual stuff that goes on.

“The final whistle goes, I run by him and he makes a big stramash.

“He makes a mountain out a molehill.”

Ferguson was one of three players to win all nine of the Gers’ nine titles in a row along with Ally McCoist and Richard Gough.

The former Gers midfielder is second only to Bobby Lennox for the number of Scottish titles with ten – Lennox won 11 during his career.

Football Insider verdict

Di Canio was all talk and no trousers and picking a fight with Ferguson was the biggest mistake he made. The Gers midfielder was the type of player who took no prisoners and, in a team full of players who could look after themselves, was the one player you wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of. Incredibly, Ferguson’s achievements don’t get the recognition they should and the former Gers star is arguably one of the most under-appreciated players in the history of the Ibrox giants, if not Scottish football as a whole.

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