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Grant ready for Old Firm battle
Published : 19 Jun 2009 11:15:09Rss feed
The former Celtic midfielder will join manager Tony Mowbray and assistant Mark Venus as the new management team at Parkhead for next season. Grant, who played for the Hoops in the 1980s and 1990s when McCoist was firing the Ibrox side towards nine titles in a row, revealed the former Rangers striker, now a coach at Ibrox, has already been in touch to welcome him back to Glasgow. He said: "You never leave the Old Firm environment. "McCoist has already been on the phone giving me a bit of stick. "I think he wants he wants us to roll about now and get the fight out of the road before we go on the touchline. "Walter (Smith) is a fantastic man and you see Rangers have McCoist, Ian Durrant and Kenny McDowall, who left from here obviously, people who want to do well for the club. "We have the exact same here, people who are desperate to do well for Celtic so let battle commence and we are really looking forward to it." However, Grant was keen to stress his professional qualifications over his life-long love of the Hoops. He said: "Let's get one thing straight, I'm here with a track suit on. My scarf goes back in the drawer. "I've earned my stripes over the last 13 years and Tony has saw fit to bring me here as part of the back-up team. "But I'm not here as a supporter or a cheerleader, I'm here to bring something to the table. I'm here to help the players. "Tony knows what I'm like. I'm not a 'yes' man. "I'm opinionated as I've always been, some people like it, some don't but the one goal we've all got is to make Celtic as good as we can and winners. "And there is no doubt that we have to be winners."