Bert Konterman was part of a Rangers side who were mauled 6-2 by fierce rivals Celtic at Parkhead.

A horrific derby debut for the Dutchman, though, is exactly what has the former Gers player calling for calm from Steven Gerrard's men.

Konterman enjoyed a stunning reverse just a few short months later in November 2000 when his side smashed the Hoops 5-1 at Ibrox.

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Make no mistake, Konterman understands how much the Rangers players are hurting.

But he's urged them not to beat themselves up too badly as they'll need to saddle up again after the international break to ensure they don't suffer any fallout.

He told the Sunday Post: "My Old Firm debut was obviously one to forget. We lost 6-2 and it was not pleasant.

"We we were all very down and we knew exactly what this fixture meant to the Rangers fans.

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"But we bounced back and beat Celtic 5-1 three months later. That was special.

"However, we lost the league to Celtic. We didn’t put up a good enough challenge. We were too inconsistent.

"Dropping points last season to the likes of Kilmarnock, Hibs and Livingston was not helpful to the current Rangers side.

"The same can’t happen again in this campaign.

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"Yes, the games against Celtic will be crucial – but so will every other game.

"That mustn’t be overlooked and victory can’t be taken for granted in any fixture.

"Steven Gerrard and the players need to believe in what they are doing and go with their plan.

"Yes, they have had a sore defeat to Celtic but there is plenty of time to recover. 

"There is no need for anyone at the football club to panic."