It's hardly apprentice against the master but a friendly rivalry will be renewed once more this afternoon with Grant McCann leading his Hull City side out against Darren Ferguson's Peterborough United.

It’s 10 years since McCann was a key figure in Peterborough’s promotion-winning season out of League One and like City, the Posh have their sights set on another promotion campaign this year.

Only three points separate the two, with a victory for this afternoon’s visitors possibly being enough to take them to the League One summit at the expense of City.

A hotly contested promotion campaign lies ahead and the embryonic league table suggests today’s opponents will both be at the heart of that.

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Striking the first blood could be crucial, especially for a City side who can move six points ahead of an expected rival.

For Ferguson, there’s the small matter of a side issue to go along with three crucial points. The man who played a big part in McCann’s playing success is yet to beat his pupil in the management arena.

A controversial victory for a Doncaster team led by McCann saw Ferguson’s Posh beaten in February 2019, then with the roles reversed and McCann in charge at Peterborough and Ferguson at Doncaster, the two encounters produced draws.

Battle recommences this afternoon with Ferguson eager for that first win against his former player, a man who this afternoon aside, he is delighted to see enjoying some success.

“Grant was a fantastic player for me,” said Ferguson. “And I’m not surprised he went on to become a manager and I’m also not surprised he’s done well at it.

“He’s got the better of me as a manager so far, but we haven’t met that often. It’s certainly a game I want to win.

“I know from my own experience how upsetting relegations can be. They can happen, but it’s important you start the following season well and Grant has done that.”

Ferguson knows today’s clash will be a tough test for his side, who themselves arrive in Hull on the back of a four-match winning run in the league.

Pointing to City’s recruitment in the summer and what he says was a good decision to stick with McCann following relegation, he’s expecting the Tigers to be pushing for promotion come the end of the season.

“Fair play to Hull for sticking with him and he recruited very well in the summer,” added Ferguson.

“They’ve had some good games to play, but I said at the start of the season they would be strong challengers for promotion and that will still be the case no matter what the result on Saturday.”