Celtic captain Scott Brown won’t have forgotten when Scott Arfield mocked him in December.
With Rangers battling to see out a 1-0 win, Arfield mimicked Brown’s ‘Brooney’ celebration in front of the Celtic midfielder.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but Brown will have taken a mental note of the incident.
Brown is no stranger to these sort of mind games when it comes to Rangers players. ‘The Brooney’ was born when he celebrated in front of El Hadji Diouf back in 2011.
It was a symbol of a rebirth for Celtic under Neil Lennon. No more would they be bullied by Walter Smith’s Rangers.
Even though Celtic lost the league that season, it set them up for the next seven league titles. Eight will all but be secured if Celtic win on Sunday.
However, Brown will be the most determined to ensure Arfield’s antics are not the sign of a Rangers rebirth.
Arfield mocked him when it looked like Brown had played his last game against Rangers.
However, that didn’t materialise and Brown signed a contract at Celtic.
Since the new deal, Brown has been re-energised in a Celtic jersey.
His late goal at Kilmarnock sparked iconic images of celebration for the Bhoys’ fans.
Original is best
Brown will go into the derby on Sunday with three points on his mind.
However, he won’t miss an opportunity to even the score with his midfield rival.
He’s been a real thorn in Rangers’ side over the last few years. They may mock him, but they much would’ve preferred if he did in fact leave for Australia.
On Sunday, Celtic will look once again to their inspirational leader to see them through another derby fixture.
Don’t be surprised if he’s the one with his arms outstretched in celebration at full time.