IT has been a crazy for week for a pair of footballing brothers, who found themselves playing together at centre half at Ibrox last Sunday, before facing off against each other in one of Bradford's biggest non-league derbies.

Aran and Ryan Basi play for Eccleshill United and Thackley respectively, and their two sides were involved in a Toolstation Northern Counties East League League Cup Second Round clash on Wednesday, which United won 3-1.

Aran got the crucial second goal for Eccleshill and admitted that his first instinct during the celebrations was to look over and see his older brother's reaction.

But the Bradford-born pair were both in high spirits at the weekend, winning at the UK Asian Football Championships as part of a team from Wolverhampton.

Speaking to the T&A, 26-year-old Aran said: "It's been strange because we've just been to the UK Championships, and played centre half together at Ibrox, then we were apart in a big derby.

"Ryan (who is 30) and I were scouted by a team in Wolverhampton (Azaad FC) and we went up to Scotland with them. There were eight teams and it meant we had to play 90 minutes on the Friday night, as well as two full games on Saturday.

"Each group winner went through to Sunday's final and we beat a team from Oldham (Coppice United) 5-2."

The pair were on opposing sides a few days later though. Despite Eccleshill and Thackley being a great Bradford rivalry, Aran, who is the former's captain, said the teams have a great relationship.

He said: "There was banter on social media throughout the day and both clubs had even take to naming the game 'El Basico' after us.

"Ryan had commented 'Bradford is Red' under one post so after I scored and we won, I put 'Bradford is Blue'.

"It's a rivalry for 90 minutes but there's a lot of respect between both teams and there was no trouble at the end of the game.

"It was good to get the bragging rights though. I was buzzing to score the second goal, you couldn't write that. As soon as I scored, I turned to look at Ryan and he had his head in his hands.

"Wednesday was much needed because a big derby win will give us confidence. We've not had the best start in the league, while Thackley have been doing well.

"We'd love to go on a cup run but the league is our bread and butter, and we have to focus on a tough game this weekend in Sheffield against Penistone Church, who are one the favourites for the title."