Michael Stewart reckons Scott Brown is looking ‘fit and sharp’ again and has tipped him to have a massive role in tomorrow’s Scottish Cup match between Celtic and Rangers.

Brown has been heavily criticised at times this season. At one point he even lost his place in the team to Ismaila Soro.

He could only find a place on the bench in the last meeting with Rangers at Ibrox in January.

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The outspoken pundit reckons he’ll now be eying a bit of redemption and has noticed a positive change in his fitness and form over the last few months.

Writing in his Scottish Sun column, Stewart said: “This is his chance to get one last win over on Gers. It’s his final opportunity to lift a trophy with Celts. Would it make up for missing out on a ten in a row? No. But it would be a bit of redemption.

“Watching him in the last few weeks, he looks fit and sharp again. He’s been excellent. But even at 35, approaching 36, I never bought into the idea he was finished.

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“He sat out a few games around December/January, and he has benefited from that break. Suddenly, he looks fit as a fiddle. He’s having a bigger influence again, but that doesn’t surprise me.

“In the first half of the season he didn’t get enough rest between games and didn’t look his usual self. Now he’s had a bit of a break, Celtic have had a few free midweeks and he looks refreshed again.”

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Celtic captain Scott Brown / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Scott Brown’s performances often fly under the radar for Celtic. Tomorrow, I have a feeling he’ll be front and centre however it turns out. His outgoing status is one of the dominant narratives heading into the next.

He’ll have a better reason than anyone to be motivated and fired up for the fixture. If he can keep those emotions in check, he’s well placed to play a starring role for the Bhoys.

Rangers will make it tough, no doubt, but Brown will be desperate to score one, last meaningful blow on Rangers. Given his success over the years, who would bet against him?

In other news, Celtic are braced for major Champions League decision on Monday.

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