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Celtic have a chance to prove themselves on Saturday lunchtime.
It’s the game we’ve all been waiting for: the Old Firm derby between the Hoops and their nemesis Rangers.
This season has been all about the Gers and if they win, the title will surely go to Ibrox instead of Parkhead.
On the blackboard
It will be interesting to see how Neil Lennon chooses his team for this clash.
After all, the Bhoys are 16 points behind Steven Gerrard’s men and a loss would kill their hopes of sealing a 10th consecutive SPFL crown.
In recent games, Lennon has preferred Ismaila Soro at the base of his midfield but this time we think he is an ideal match for Scott Brown.
We have criticized the club captain numerous times during this period, but he is exactly what you need in this type of game: an aggressive brute who does not stop. The Old Firm derby is not for the faint-hearted and Brown will shy away from anything.
Should Brown play the Rangers?
Of course, Soro could still play, but if he does, the Ivorian must be paired alongside Brown.
Scare the rangers
The Scottish international has looked a bit off the beat in 2020/21 and it seems Lennon has started to pick up on that.
Brown hasn’t started since the Scottish Cup final and Soro has deservedly taken his place. However, the midfielder has a habit of crunching some feathers in this match and has the potential to terrify one Alfredo Morelos.
The 35-year-old has won a mighty 25 tackles in all competitions this season and if there is one area where he has not lost it, it is certainly there. Speaking of Brown this season, Callum McGregor described he as “absolutely huge” and could make a difference on Saturday.
That’s because it can alter the pace of Morelos, someone he faced in the first Old Firm derby of the season. The Colombian slapped him on the head after an altercation in the middle of the park.
However, that is not the first time it has happened. In 2018/19, the Rangers forward dropped Brown with an elbow to the head and was sent off. Clearly, the two are not the best of friends.
Starting the Celtic axis would certainly add an extra touch to the derby and could give them the advantage.