Peter Lovenkrands

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Peter Lovenkrands has a list of derby goals as long as his arm but has yet to score in a Tyne-Wear match - something he hopes to change on Sunday.

The Danish striker's uncanny knack of netting for Rangers against Celtic made him a cult hero at Ibrox during his six years in Scotland, while he also netted for Schalke 04 against their big rivals Borussia Dortmund in the 2006/07 season.

With Shola Ameobi unwell and Papiss Cisse's participation not certain due to a slight groin injury, Lovenkrands could have a role to play against Sunderland and he spoke to at the opening of the Walker Activity Dome in the East End of Newcastle.

"It would be a big plus to be involved, so I just hope I can be part of it," he said.

"I love derbies, and I've been involved with so many over the years so it would be nice to be part of this one."

Perhaps the most famous of his 54 goals for Rangers came in the 2002 Scottish Cup final, when he scored in the last minute to give the Gers a 3-2 win at Hampden Park.

In total he scored six goals in Old Firm fixtures and added: "I had a really good record with Schalke as well, against Dortmund, so I need a goal against Sunderland now!

"That's the only one I haven't got. I've scored in all the other derbies, so that would be nice."

With the likes of Cisse, Ameobi and Papiss Cisse plus the injured Leon Best for competition, 32-year-old Lovenkrands has found first-team opportunities hard to come by this term.

But he has scored three goals in four starts in all competitions, and believes he will be ready if and when his opportunity arrives.

"I'm not getting much playing time at the moment but I'll bide my time and wait," he said.

"I've been patient and it's been tough at times, but the other lads are doing well so I'll try to be positive and hopefully get a chance at some point again."