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 be heading to Ibrox rather than Parkhead.
It will be interesting to see how Neil Lennon goes about picking his team for this clash.
After all, the Bhoys are 16 points behind Steven Gerrard’s men and a defeat would all but end their hopes of sealing a tenth SPFL crown in a row.
In recent matches, Lennon has preferred Ismaila Soro at the base of his midfield but on this occasion, we think it’s an ideal match for Scott Brown.
We’ve been critical of the club captain on numerous occasions this term but he’s exactly what you need in this type of game – an aggressive brute that doesn’t hold back. The Old Firm derby isn’t for the faint-hearted and Brown won’t shy away from anything.
Of course, Soro could still play, but if he does the Ivorian has to be paired next to Brown.
The Scotland international has looked a little off the pace in 2020/21 and it appears as though Lennon has started to realise that.
Brown hasn’t started since the Scottish Cup final and Soro has deservedly taken his place. Yet, the midfielder has a habit of rustling a few feathers in this fixture and has the potential to terrify a certain Alfredo Morelos.
The 35-year-old has won a mighty 25 tackles in all competitions this season and if there’s an area where he hasn’t lost it, it’s certainly there. Speaking about Brown this season, Callum McGregor described him as “absolutely immense” and he could be the difference-maker on Saturday.
That’s because he can disrupt the rhythm of Morelos, someone he clashed with in the first Old Firm derby of the season. The Colombian gave him a slap on the head after an altercation in the middle of the park.
That’s not the first time that’s happened though. In 2018/19, the Rangers striker floored Brown with an elbow to the head and was sent off. Clearly, the pair of them aren’t the best of friends.
Starting the Celtic lynchpin would certainly add extra spice to the derby and it may just give them the upper hand.