The upcoming Scottish Cup semi-final between Celtic and Aberdeen could well be decided in the middle of the park.
Already, the Hoops have been given an advantage before the game has even kicked off. Aberdeen will be without their captain Graeme Shinnie for the game, as he is suspended.
That immediately gives Celtic a boost in midfield, as Shinnie is one of Aberdeen’s best players and would undeniably have had an impact on the game.
However, the Hoops now can take advantage of the absence, and they certainly have the players to do so.
Brown can dictate midfield
For a start, Scott Brown won’t have to take part in a combative midfield battle with Shinnie. Instead, he will be able to dictate the game, as he so often does.
Callum McGregor could also have the chance to heavily influence the game. In the recent game against St Mirren, McGregor was spraying passes all over the field and setting up chances for the Hoops.
Repeat of good performance could win the game
A repeat of that performance against Aberdeen would put the Hoops in a good place for the match.
Finally, should Ryan Christie play, he won’t have to worry about Shinnie making his runs into the penalty box. Christie has already made a midfield run to devastating effect against Aberdeen this season. He is more than capable of doing that again at Hampden Park.