By Amir Mir
Former England defender Rio Ferdinand has made a huge claim about current Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.
TV pundit Ferdinand hailed the Bhoys and stated that they are the “Manchester United” of Scotland.
Ferdinand was speaking about how he started supporting the Glasgow giants and what it felt like playing at Parkhead during his playing days.
He stated that playing at Celtic during a Champions League fixture with United resulted in him hearing the “biggest roar” he has ever heard at a football stadium.
Rangers supporters would disagree with the former centre-back comments and be envious because they would feel Ibrox generates the loudest noise in Scotland.
Nonetheless, here was Ferdinand talking about Celtic and what makes the club so great.
“They have always had a certain class that I have always liked,” said Ferdinand. “I have seen them as the Manchester United of Scotland.
“When I played there [at Parkhead] it was real mad. It was a game in the Champions League and we were stood there in the line – there was a buzz about the place, you could feel it.
“We ran out and just before the whistle goes for the game to kick off and it was the biggest roar I have ever heard at a football stadium in my life. It was unbelievable.”
Rio Ferdinand on Celtic, and the atmosphere at Celtic Park. pic.twitter.com/zDG42HlmvQ
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Ferdinand enjoyed a stellar career during his playing days, winning six Premier League titles added with a Champions League medal.
He came through the ranks at London-based club West Ham before making a switch to Yorkshire giants Leeds.
However, in 2002, Ferdinand became an unpopular figure at Elland Road when he made a £39million switch to Manchester United – the biggest transfer fee paid for a defender at that time.
Despite the controversial move, he went on to lift a number of trophies, including representing his country on 81 occasions.
He finished his career with QPR and just like many modern footballers, he turned his hand to TV punditry.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has issued this firm message to the Bhoys players.