John Kennedy has lauded the recent form of Celtic captain Scott Brown, confirming he will be in the starting line-up against Rangers tomorrow.
There will be no midfield surprises at Ibrox and, the fitness of James Forrest aside, no real questions marks about the starting lineup whatsoever.
Indeed, Kennedy wasn’t hesitant to establish that Brown will play a big role tomorrow.
Asked how important the veteran’s influence will be at Ibrox, the interim boss told Herald Sport (17/04 print edition, page 4): “Huge. I think anyone watching our games of late, he has been very influential, really shown his maturity in how he’s playing the game and his role in the team.
“He always leads by example anyway as captain but certainly in his game, his use of the ball, his positioning, his tactical discipline, it has been first class. When he’s on form like that he’s a very important player for us.
“He’s got the experience in these games he has played in so many of them. Having him in the team always gives the other guys an element of comfort because he has seen it all. He is a big player and will continue to be that.”
Scott Brown aiming for amazing Celtic send-off
This season has been dire. No doubt the captain would have liked to sign off from Celtic duty with a ten-in-a-row win. That’s a long-gone dream now, but the Scottish Cup can still serve as a brilliant send-off.
Beating Rangers and adding one more trophy to the collection of Celtic and our captain would be fairytale stuff.
Kennedy is right to point out Brown’s recent good form. It’ll be crucial that he continues that tomorrow.
He’ll be one of our most important players in the midfield battle. If he’s off the boil, the Ibrox side could have free reign to pester the Celtic defensive line.
It’s time for one Last Dance from the Bhoys captain.