Celtic captain Scott Brown is expecting an open and exciting match against Hibernian later today, speaking to The Herald.

Brown has had the benefit of a two-week break from match action due to recent international games, but his preparations for this afternoon’s Scottish Premiership fixture are no worse off for it.

As well as training at Lennoxtown, the former Hibs midfielder was apparently at Easter Road last week to watch his old side take on Dundee in the Betfred Cup.

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Jack Ross’ side ran out 4-1 winners to finish top of their group ahead of the knockout rounds.

Brown is a fan of the work that Ross is doing in Edinburgh, telling The Herald: “Jack has done a great job there. He’s built a really good squad and they have a great team spirit as well, as have we.

“It’ll be an open game because both teams like to play football and I was at Easter Road last weekend and the pitch is in great condition.

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“But we need these three points so we need to concentrate on ourselves rather than worry about how Hibs or anyone else is going to play.”

 

After a solid start to the season, Hibs currently sit in fourth position in the table, within touching distance of Aberdeen.

A win today would be a major boost for their European qualification ambitions and set out a statement that they’ll be a force throughout the Scottish Premiership campaign.

However, an open match would arguably suit Celtic well. Our troubles this season have come against teams that camp in and around their own penalty box.

Celtic in action against Hibs

Celtic in action against Hibs / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Bhoys’ threat on the counter is significant, and players such as Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and Mohamed Elyounoussi would relish the opportunity of space in the opposition half.

Neil Lennon’s side were 3-0 winners at Celtic Park in the first fixture between the two sides this term.

Hopefully, Brown’s scouting mission will pay off for the team today, and we find the way to unlock Ross’ outfit.

Three points are absolutely crucial this weekend in the pursuit of Rangerss.

In other news, Chris Sutton has taken Ally McCoist’s Celtic rumour-mongering to task.

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