MARTIN Paterson is looking forward to being back involved in a Boxing Day fixture in England.

The 35-year-old former striker joined the Reds last summer as assistant to his former Burnley team-mate Michael Duff, returning from a six-year spell overseas in India then the USA as a player then coach.

Paterson told the Chronicle: “English football is special, especially over the Christmas period.

“I remember Hillsborough (a 2-0 away win at Sheffield Wednesday in September) being the moment when I heard the crowd, home and away, then thought ‘wow, this is why I came back to the UK.’ I don’t think there is anything like it.”

He added: “It will be the first time for a few years I have worked over Christmas. But it’s not really work.”

On the differences between working for previous club Inter Miami and Barnsley, he said: “It’s very different, but just as enjoyable.

“My learning curve under Michael has been quick and my progression line has bumped up in terms of seeing what it is to be a head coach.

“It’s been unbelievable to be back in the UK and in League One which is high quality.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the experience.

“I get to come home and spend every night with my family.”