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  • Manager: Ibrox test will see Scott Brown at his absolute best

    Manager: Ibrox test will see Scott Brown at his absolute best

    By: Tony Connelly on 11 May, 2019 10:59

  • NEIL Lennon said he expects Scott Brown’s experience and character to be instrumental in Celtic’s aim to come away from Ibrox with a win on Sunday, and added the performances of the Hoops defence, coupled with Scott Bain’s form, puts the champions in the driving seat ahead of the tie.

    The champions face Rangers at Ibrox fresh off the back of clinching eight-in-a-row, and Neil Lennon is adamant his side will settle for nothing less than a convincing win.

    The Hoops defeated Steven Gerrard’s side 2-1 at Paradise in the last meeting, which saw Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos sent off, followed by Andy Halliday and Ryan Kent, who was given a retrospective ban.

    Neil Lennon praised Brown for his leadership in the Glasgow derbies and said the Hoops captain would, as always, be key to executing the game plan, no matter what unfolded during the 90 minutes.

    “Scott Brown is always important,” said the Irishman. “It’s a big game and he’s a big game player. It’s easy to say that Scott Brown will be playing on Sunday.

    “He’s a veteran of these games. He’s been here over 10 years and has played over 500 games. I don’t need to tell him how to manage himself through a game of football. He does it very well and the bigger the game the more he enjoys it."

    Celtic have only conceded two goals since Neil Lennon returned as manager and Hoops stopper, Scott Bain, holds an incredible record of 22 clean sheets in his 26 domestic games this season.

    The champions will be looking to extend that record in the remaining games this season, and Neil Lennon heaped praise on the defence and goalkeeper for their form in the second half of the season.

    “It’s been a case of continuing what’s in place,” he said. “I’ve had to rejig it a little bit with Dedryck being out and, at times, Kieran. Mika’s come back in and Jozo’s come in and been a revelation for us. What you have is a very defensive unit. Added to that behind them is the goalkeeper who has been absolutely outstanding in all aspects of his game.

    “We didn’t play that great the last time we were there so we know we can play better. There’s nothing I can say on that other than we’re going there to win the game. We’re champions and we have to play and act accordingly, as champions.”

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