LUBOMIR MORAVCIK has heaped praise on Celtic skipper Scott Brown who will be free to face The Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday.
The influential midfielder was sent off in the 2-2 draw against Ross County at the weekend, but the Hoops’ appeal will not be held until Thursday which allows the Scotland international to play at Hampden.
Former Celtic hero Moravcik said: “He has looked like a different player this season.
“To me, so much of that is through training and what you are doing with the manager and the coaches.
“I know that he was not so fit last season, but he still wanted to play.
“However, he has been so important throughout this campaign. Players like Scott are very big players because they know in games like this what it means to the club and the supporters.”
The Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has revealed he is happy Brown will be allowed to lead Celtic out against his team at the national stadium.
The Portuguese coach admitted: “We are glad that Scott Brown can play in this match.
“It is going to be a very interesting match and we want our opponents’ squad to be full. To have the older players.”
Asked if his opponents would be weaker and easier to beat without their influential onfield leader, Caixinha replied: “I don’t know. I’m not talking about possibilities, I’m talking about reality.
“The reality is Brown is going to play. And that means they are going with their best players and best squad.
“I am glad to face them under those conditions to test ourselves.”