Scott Brown showed that he was back to his best in Celtic’s recent 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox. The Hoops skipper, who had performed poorly on his two previous visits to Ibrox, controlled the middle of the park like he has done many times for the Hoops, and drove the side onto victory.
The performance was an answer to the critics who had written Brown off after some poor performances last season. However, he faces arguably his biggest test of the season yet in the Hoops’ next fixture – the Europa League group stage opener against Rennes.
It is one thing to dominate against Rangers. However, it is another to dominate against a team that currently sit second in the French league.
Will need to be at his combative best
For the Hoops to gain control of the middle of the park, they will need Brown to be at his very best. He will need to be combative, feisty and not afraid to win the ball. All the things that have been good about his game in the past.
However, he will also need the support of his team-mates. Perhaps Oliver Ntcham will start for the Hoops. He and Brown have performed well in Europe before, maybe they will once more.
As Callum McGregor’s form has been indifferent on late, Ntcham may well partner Brown in the middle of the park.
Best performance of the season could be required
Getting a positive result in Rennes will take a big performance from Celtic. They will probably have to turn in their best performance of the season so far – even better than the one at Ibrox.
Brown will be key to the Hoops getting a foothold in the game. If he can replicate, or even better, his performance at Ibrox, Celtic will have a real chance of getting a result.
Brown has already proved the doubters wrong once this season. Now is the time for him to do it again.