Feyenoord midfielder Liam Kelly has told The Daily Record that he wants to win against Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox because of his father, who supports Celtic.
Rangers will take on Dutch giants Feyenoord at Ibrox in the Europa League Group G on Thursday evening.
Kelly is set to feature in the match, having joined the Eredivisie outfit from Reading in England in the summer transfer window.
The 23-year-old midfielder has said that he wants to beat Rangers because of his father, who supports the Gers’ bitter Old Firm rivals Celtic.
Kelly told The Daily Record: “My dad’s parents are from Ireland and I represent the Republic at international level. That side of the family are all big Celtic fans, including my dad Joe.
“My dad was a Chelsea fan as well but Celtic were his Scottish team with the Irish connection and he’s excited about the European game at Ibrox.
“He is going to Glasgow for the game along with my mum and brother so that should be a good experience for them.
“Given the fact he’s a Celtic fan he has an extra incentive for his son to beat Rangers.”
Rangers are favourites
Feyenoord are a good team, but Rangers will head into the Europa League game as favourites.
The Gers have bounced back from the defeat to Celtic at Ibrox in the Old Firm derby, and Gerrard’s team will be confident of winning against their Dutch rivals.
Having progressed to the group stage of the Europa League last season as well, Rangers will want to advance to the knockout rounds of the European competition this campaign, and three points in their opening game will go a long way in achieving that aim.