Former Liverpool and England striker, Peter Crouch has admitted he would love to sample the Glasgow Derby atmosphere at some point after missing out on the action for so long. Ahead of this weekend’s clash of the big two, Crouchy has been taking on his podcast, The Peter Crouch Podcast, to reveal that he would love a chance to view the spectacle up in Scotland.
However, it won’t be anytime soon by the looks of it, as the allocation has been cut completely for both sets of away fans, due to safety concerns on the part of the Celtic supporters and board of directors, which led to them having to reject the small 700 allocation moving forward. Despite the spin and muddying of the waters in the mainstream media and tabloids, it was only this singular reason on the behalf of Celtic and NOT the Ibrox club for their supporters, following a string of unsavoury incidents in which a physio and fan were bottled over the head by the 11-year-old club’s fanbase.
The traditional allocation of 7,500 was cut by the petty board members at Ibrox several years back, after they had enough of Celtic taking over the stadium as we hammered the light blues consistently. It was the most incredibly childish act of spite from the Govan club and the Glasgow Derby match has never been the same since. A once great derby has been reduced to a laughing stock in many respects as the eyes of the world are on us.
But this hasn’t stopped the ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth goalscorer from revealing he would love to view the clash of the titans one day in the future. Speaking on his latest podcast episode, he said: “I played in some big derbies and there are some derbies I want to go to. Boca Juniors vs River Plate, that’s on my radar.
“I’ve never been to the Glasgow derby – Celtic and Rangers. That’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. Big derbies in other countries, I haven’t done El Clasico. They are things on my bucket list and I said when I retired I would do them.”