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Alan Brazil clashes with talkSPORT guest over Rangers and Celtic suggestion

Radio presenter Alan Brazil clashes with one particular talkSPORT guest over a suggestion regarding the Rangers and Celtic derby.

Alan Brazil ended up telling Jamie O’Hara to “shut up” after the ex-Premier League player turned Billericay Town boss suggested that the Merseyside derby is bigger than Rangers versus Celtic.

Steven Gerrard’s side will be facing Celtic on Saturday afternoon for the first Old Firm of the 2020/21 season while down much further south, it’s the first Premier League meeting of the season between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park.

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O’Hara appeared on talkSPORT radio station on Thursday morning and cheekily suggested that the Merseyside showdown is bigger than the one in Glasgow.

Former Ipswich Town, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Scotland international Alan Brazil wasn’t having any of it and hit back hard.

Speaking on talkSPORT, as quoted by the Daily Record, O’Hara asked: “Is the Merseyside Derby bigger than the Glasgow Derby?”

Alan Brazil responded back by saying: “Shh, shut up.

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“Come on, dear oh dear. That’s like you putting yourself up with Arsene as manager of the year.”

“Ex-Rangers striker and manager Ally McCoist was also on the show. After hearing what O’Hara said, he said: “Jamie, you behave yourself. Just calm down, just calm down.”

IbroxNews stated on their site: “Rangers and Celtic fans will say the Old Firm is bigger.

“Liverpool and Everton fans will say the Merseyside derby is bigger.

“One thing is for sure and that is that one is way more competitive than the other with Liverpool having the measure over Everton for years upon years now.

“While the Gers did have a dry spell in the Old Firm, Steven Gerrard has led them back on track and Saturday’s showdown in Parkhead promises to be one of the most hotly-contested since the Light Blues’ return to the Scottish Premiership.

“It’s a massive match and one that we need to win to show our champion credentials.

“As for Liverpool and Everton, yes, Everton’s start to the season means a lot is riding on that game down south.

“But there really isn’t any comparison when it comes to the competitiveness, the passion and the downright hatred between clubs.

“Liverpool and Everton are like two Ned Flanders’ living next to each other in comparison to Rangers and Celtic.”

Celtic fans have decided to hit back at one particular Daily Record journalist after criticising Hoops and bigging up Rangers.

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Writer Keith Jackson published a column bigging up Rangers’ chances ahead of the Old Firm derby meeting on Saturday afternoon.

It will be their first derby of the season, with three points crucial for either side as Celtic look to go top of the table having played a game fewer.

However, the journalist described Celtic as having been “coughing and spluttering” their way through the season so far and went on to say that “Gerrard and his backroom staff are clinicians behind the scenes at Auchenhowie where no stone is left unturned.”

It adds that “If these key players are on top of their game, there is every reason to suspect Rangers will be adequately equipped to cause Celtic some significant problems just as they did on their last trip to the home of the champions, when the backdrop was a great deal more intimidating and febrile.”

Fan website 66hailhail.com said on the controversial article: “It’s all totally exaggerated by Jackson. Celtic are in a much better place than he seems to believe.

“It’s almost as if he’s blanking out performances such as the 3-0 home wins against Motherwell and Hibernian respectively. Or perhaps the 5-0 demolition of Ross County in Dingwall too.

“Yes, it hasn’t been our best start to the campaign performance-wise, but he’ll do well to remember that we’ve started better than Rangers – who’ve spluttered their way to two draws away from home. Hardly the sign of Champions that, is it?”

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