SCOTT BROWN reckons Dedryck Boyata won’t be fazed facing England’s five-goal striker Harry Kane in the World Cup Finals tonight.

The Belgian centre-half has played in his nation’s wins over Panama (3-0) and Tunisia (5-2) as they prepare to face Gareth Souhgate’s men in the remaining Group G fixture in Kallingrad.

Celtic skipper Brown said: “It is fantastic for all the lads in Russia and they have all done really well when I have watched them.

“It is great for Celtic, as well.

“‘Dedryck has played against top quality players such as Lionel Messi at club level and I am sure he won’t have a problem with Harry Kane!”

Brown also thinks Stuart Armstrong will be a big loss to the Hoops – but expects him to thrive with Southampton.

The Scotland international signed a four-year deal earlier this week with the Premier League outfit after helping the Parkhead men win eight major trophies, including back-to-back domestic trebles.

And the Hoops captain added: “We wish Stuart all the best – he has been fantastic for this club when he has played.

“Last season, it was hard for him, a few injuries, and coming in and out of the team.

“But Stuart is a fantastic player, he knows what I think of him personally and he will be a big miss for this club.

“He was a great partner in the middle of the park and I’ll miss his legs. He gave us so much energy.

“He will relish the chance to go down to England to do well and I am sure he will do.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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