Why Barry Ferguson couldn't switch off Celtic title party as Rangers legend admits 'it was excruciating'

Celtic skipper Callum McGregor leads the celebrations
Celtic skipper Callum McGregor leads the celebrations -Credit:PA

Barry Ferguson admits he couldn't switch off Celtic's title party at Rugby Park - even though it was TORTURE.

The Rangers legend was tuned into events in Ayrshire as the Hoops thrashed Kilmarnock 5-0 to sprint over the finishing line and secure three-in-a-row. Ferguson confessed it hurt watching the Parkhead side celebrate a 12th title in 13 seasons but insists Philippe Clement's men can use that pain as fuel to win next week's Old Firm Scottish Cup Final.

He told the Daily Record: "There was no shortage of options to feed my football fix on Wednesday night but the TV was only set for one game - Celtic at Kilmarnock. No matter how painful, how torturous I knew it was going to be. And believe me, the last day has been excruciating for everyone connected to Rangers after Celtic secured the title.

"But you know what? I made myself sit through it all. I took in every minute of the game and the celebrations. With a clenched jaw and furrowed brow I sat and watched Celtic players dancing, singing and celebrating with their fans - and refused to turn off. Why? Because this has to be the driving force now.

"If I was still pulling on a Rangers top then those scenes would be the motivation for me to do everything in my power to stop Celtic at the next possible opportunity. And that just so happens to be the Scottish Cup Final in eight days' time. Brilliant. What a chance to have the last say on the season and be the ultimate party poopers.

"Rangers will have half of Hampden behind them for the showpiece finale of the Scottish season. There will be millions more watching on TV across the world. What a time to answer the critics, to shut people up.

"Listen, Wednesday night was the best I've seen Celtic, the way they moved the ball, how quickly they got about the pitch and the way they took their chances. Is that a concern ahead of the Final? You can look at it two ways. One - yes it's a worry.

"Or two - we need to be at the top of our game and what an added motivation to beat them at their best. Do that at Hampden and you will feel 10 feet tall. I promise you. I've been there. It's an incredible feeling."