Date: 12th February 2018 at 11:30am
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Former England international Stan Collymore has admitted that he used to own a Rangers shirt when he was a teenager before realising his support for their bitter Old Firm rivals Celtic.

Collymore, 47, is a huge admirer of the Hoops and everything they stand for, but he has now recalled that he once owned a Gers kit as he thought they were the good guys in Glasgow with the Bhoys being the bad guys.

The former Aston Villa and Liverpool attacker has recently revealed that he tried to manufacture a move to Parkhead during the latter stages of his career while Martin O’Neill was in charge.

And now it turns out that as a youngster, Collymore was in fact in support of the blue half of Glasgow.

“I’ll be brutally honest, I had a Rangers shirt aged 17, my mate Geoff in my street was Rangers mad, a staunch Unionist with Terry Butcher his idol. At 17, particularly because of the perceived political allegiances of both clubs, Ireland, USA bombings on the mainland, I naively thought Celtic meant bad, Rangers meant good. There are good and bad in every group, but how naive was I,” he told The Celtic Star.

“Thankfully my politics along with my social awakening regarding the foundation of Celtic, it’s history of inclusion rather than division meant a fascination became an appreciation. I’ll always be an Aston Villa fan, that’s my love, but Celtic in many ways means a helluva lot to me these days.”

Collymore played for a large number of clubs during his career but failed to earn any major honours and managed to get just three England caps.

The most successful spell of his career came no doubt at Nottingham Forest before he was signed up by Liverpool for an English record fee of £8.5million in 1995.

The ex-attacker went on to play for the likes of Villa, Leicester, Bradford and Spanish side Real Oviedo before retiring in 2001.

In other Rangers news, this BBC pundit was blown away by an “unreal” Gers player in the win against Ayr United.

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