Rae signed for the team that he supported as a boy in 2004 and would go on to play forty-four times for the Gers before he moved on to Dundee in 2006.

The tireless midfielder was part of the Rangers side who dramatically defeated Celtic at Hampden in extra time of the League Cup semi final thanks to a Shota Arveladze goal with just ten minutes of extra time to play.

When asked after the Fernando Ricksen tribute match at the weekend how he felt the game would go on Sunday, he said that it’s up for grabs, “Celtic lost to Morton last year at home, so anything can happen in any game on any given day.

“There’s a lot of pressure and Celtic are expected to go come out as worth winners and Rangers are the underdogs, but as we know, football is a funny game sometimes and it’s a case of how you apply yourself in the first twenty minutes of the game that matters.

“If you can get an early goal then it gives you that extra yard and can give you that extra bit of fight and ability to dig in. Adversely, if you lose an early goal then it can give you the opposite affect.

“It’s important to start the game well and it’s a game that the players should go into the game with a lot of confidence because we’ve nothing to lose. 

Rae has fond memories of his time at Rangers and especially the build up to games against Celtic, but he might have to miss this one due to his responsibilities as assistant manager to Alex McLeish for Genk in Belgium.

Speaking about the game this weekend, he said, “It’s a special, special fixture and hopefully the boys can raise their performances to give Celtic a wee bit of a scare. You just need to look at the FA Cup in the last couple of days and there’s been so many shocks, so it’s not beyond them to do well on Sunday.”

“The whole build up to an Old Firm game is fantastic, you’re always trying to get as many tickets as you can for yourself and all your friends. Then when you head to drop your kids off at school your getting pelters from Celtic fans and then there’s always the media attention in the build up.

“I hope that they boys enjoy it, it’ll be a special one and some of the players in the team won’t have experienced before. It’s important that they get off to a good start.”


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