MARK WARBURTON insists Saturday’s game with Celtic is one for his players to relish and enjoy rather than approach with fear.
The Ibrox boss will lead his side to the other side of town for the first time as Gers manager, and he revealed handling such an occasion comes into his and his staff’s thoughts when acquiring new players.
He explained to RangersTV.tv: “We have to enjoy it, and if you don’t enjoy these games, then our recruitment is wrong in terms of having the wrong type of players coming to the club, and they shouldn’t be playing football. If can look back in years to come and say you were involved in this sort of game, especially one where there hasn’t been a league Old Firm game for a few years now, that’s great, and the interest is obvious throughout the UK and globally too.
“Players have to enjoy it and go into the game relishing the challenge – respecting it – but enjoying it and looking forward to it.
“Our recruitment has been good, and we have a number of players with big game experience and a number more who are hungry to be involved in this fixture. We are looking forward to it.”
Warburton also admitted he will draw on the experiences of his players and staff who have played at Parkhead before, although he has called on the remainder of his players to create their own good memories of the venue and fixture this weekend.
He continued: “You can listen to them and there is no doubt their experience is invaluable in terms of small details from the likes of Kenny and Lee etc. who have played in the game, as well as David Weir who’s captained a Rangers side in the fixture.
“It’s great to have that, but also the players want to go in and get their own experiences. For many of them to go to Parkhead and play in this type of game – just go out and enjoy it, remember it, but remember why we are going there.
“We are going there to play football, to perform as we normally perform to a good level and seek out the result we are after.”