BARRY FERGUSON has opened up about his battles with Celtic and whether it was all animosity between the players during the derby matches.

The former-Rangers captain was speaking to Si Ferry in an Open Goal Interview and Ferguson was happy to point to players in the Celtic side that he respected.

“I enjoyed them all. I had a lot of time for Neil Lennon, he got quite a bit of criticism for the type of player he was but he was the player Celtic needed. He wouldn’t go and win you a game but he just sat in the middle and did a great job.

Stan Petrov, I thought he was an excellent player, Paul Lambert was another guy I had a lot of respect for. Some good battles.”

Ferguson was one of Rangers’ most decorated players and endured many battles with Celtic during his two spells at Ibrox; however, one player that he only played against twice resonated with him.

The hard-tackling midfielder was often at the heart of many Celtic v Rangers battles in his time, but despite this insisted it was all just on the park.

“Roy Keane was probably one of my favourite midfielders of all time. I know he’s a Celtic man, but you’ve got to see what he did with Man Utd. He was coming to the end of his career [when Ferguson faced him in Scotland]but it was great to play against him.

Lenny was the battle – Celtic man through and through, I’m obviously brought up a Rangers man – two guys that just want to win and people don’t realise, during that game; hate each other, wanted to kill each other basically to win for you team, after that; it’s all forgotten about.

The respect is there.”

You can watch Part 1 of when Ferguson met Ferry below.


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