Morten relishing new derby experience
2nd November 2013
Having played in one of world football's most fierce rivalries, Morten Wieghorst ticks off another much-anticipated derby on his CV this Sunday.
Wieghorst was at the heart of the most intense games in the sport, playing in centre midfield as Celtic tussled with Rangers in the Old Firm.
The Dane spent seven years at Celtic Park and has huge experience of the derby that splits Glasgow in half.
Wieghorst can also point to his involvement in the Dundee derby and, back in his homeland, games between Brondby and Copenhagen as further proof that he needs no reminding of how special derby games are.
Now he is preparing to soak up the atmosphere of Wales' premier showcase as the Swans head to The Cardiff City Stadium.
"I am really looking forward to it - I always do with derbies," said Wieghorst. "You just want to win these games so badly.
"The Glasgow derby is one of the biggest ones in world football. I had team-mates at Celtic who had played in derbies in Spain, Italy, England, but they all said the same - the Old Firm was something else.
"The noise level was incredible and talk about the game started well before the match itself, and it's the same here."
Much of the talk this week around the Swans camp has been on keeping focused on the game itself - it is a stance Wieghorst strongly agrees with.
And, as the Swans assistant manager points out, it's a factor that goes beyond the playing staff.
He added: "Some of the boys here have already experienced big derby matches, while the younger ones will probably need a word - they will get that from the guys who have played in this game before along with Curt too. Michael and myself will be on hand too if they need it.
"Players need to keep cool heads on the pitch, but the manager and coaches do too.
"I will prepare myself as a coach. You need to be controlled on the sidelines because if you get caught up in all the emotion then you won't see the game as clear as you should.
"You need to be aware of what's at stake, but you have to keep a cool head.
"It's not easy to do that. You have to prepare yourself otherwise you will get caught up in the mayhem.
"Focus is a big thing in these games."