Adam Matthews says Celtic-Rangers experiences can help him cope with Newcastle derby

Adam Matthews, left, fights for the ball with Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez during a Group H Champions League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Adam Matthews, left, fights for the ball with Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez during a Group H Champions League soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday Dec. 11, 2013.(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

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Sunderland new boy Adam Matthews admits he has already got one eye on the derby clash with Newcastle United on October 24

The right-back completed his £2million move from Celtic to the Black Cats last night.

Matthews says he can’t wait to make his Premier League debut - and especially play in the Wear-Tyne derby.

And he believes his experience of the Old Firm rivalry in Glasgow will hold him in good stead when Newcastle visit the Stadium of Light.

“It’s probably the best league in the world so when I had a chance to come here I couldn’t really refuse it,” Matthews said.

“Being at a massive club like this, I’m just looking forward to the opportunity and hopefully I can step up.

“Ever since I’ve been a little boy I’ve wanted to play in the Premier League All the big teams you look forward to playing but the Newcastle-Sunderland derby I’m quite looking forward to.

“I’ve heard a bit (about it). People say it’s similar to the Celtic-Rangers derby with the atmosphere and hostility so hopefully playing in those games will hold me in good stead if I do get the opportunity to play in this derby.”