Celtic captain Scott Brown has declared himself fit to face his old side Hibernian at Hampden on Saturday.
There were fears over the 34-year-old’s state of health after he was unusually substituted during Wednesday’s win over St. Mirren.
Frenchman Olivier Ntcham replaced Brown with around 20 minutes to go of the dull Parkhead encounter and many wondered whether he had picked up a knock.
Neil Lennon did seem to hint that Brown would be okay but now the midfielder himself has revealed where he’s at.
Scott Brown says he trained today after coming off last night with a thigh issue. Says he’ll be fine for Celtic’s semi final v Hibs pic.twitter.com/dBH4WmF2QA
— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) October 31, 2019
Brown will add to midfield options for Hibernian encounter
Brown was joined by Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie (just ahead) in the Celtic midfield last night. Many would expect that trio to remain the same for Saturday’s Hampden clash but Neil Lennon does have a growing list of options in that area of the pitch.
Both Ntcham and Tom Rogic were on the bench on Wednesday and will reckon they have a chance of being picked. The Frenchman featured the last time we played Hibernian in late September and was perhaps fortunate not to see red following a scrap with midfielder Josh Vela.
Ntcham struggled on the whole in that Easter Road clash and that may weigh on Lennon’s mind when considering team selection for Saturday.
Rogic, meanwhile, is a Hampden specialist but may be better utilised as a substitute against weary legs. He possesses a similar amount of creative ability as Christie but the Scotland man gets around the park better – something that will be crucial on the big Hampden playing surface.
So most bets would be on Brown, McGregor and Christie starting again. But with the likes of Rogic, Ntcham and Nir Bitton around – you never really know. The manager must be licking his lips.