Paul Rutherford will thrive on any stick he receives from Chester fans in tonight’s cross border derby at The Deva Stadium.

The midfielder signed his first professional contract with the Blues and went on to play for Barrow and Southport before joining Wrexham in the summer of 2016.

Rutherford started both derby games last season but most of the flack from Chester supporters was aimed at John Rooney, who had joined Wrexham directly from their arch rivals.

Rooney has moved on so Rutherford could be in the firing line but it is something that will spur him on.

“I think John took most of the stick last season to be honest,” said Rutherford. “I got a little bit but not in comparison to John.

“But I don’t mind, I like getting the stick. I had it when I was at Barrow and Southport so it is nothing new for me to get some stick from Chester fans.

“It does give you that little boost. You want to get one over on them and rub it in their faces a little bit.”

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