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LENNON PRAISES ‘BIG-GAME PLAYER’

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SCOTT BROWN will again be a key man for Celtic when the champions take on Rangers at Ibrox this afternoon.

The 33-year-old Hoops skipper was praised by interim manager Neil Lennon before the fourth meeting of the Glasgow rivals in this campaign.

Brown was at the centre of an explosive encounter at Parkhead in March when the champions won 2-1 with a late winner from James Forrest.

Gers’ controversial Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos was ordered off in the first-half after thumping an elbow into the captain’s face.

Ryan Kent picked up a retrospective red card following a punch to Brown jaw which was missed by referee Bobby Madden and his assistants. The on-loan Liverpool winger lashed out in the aftermath of the second Celtic goal.

RED MIST…Andy Halliday confronts Scott Bain and Scott Brown in March.

And Andy Halliday was given a second yellow card following a flare-up at the end of the confrontation when he directed his ire at the experienced midfielder.

However, there was never a chance of Lennon resting his player for the next instalment of the Old Firm chapter this campaign.

The Irishman, speaking to the club website, said: “Scott Brown is always important. It’s a big game and he’s a big-game player. It’s easy to say that Scott Brown will be playing on Sunday.

“He’s a veteran of these games. He’s been here over 10 years and has played over 500 games.

“I don’t need to tell him how to manage himself through a game of football.

“He does it very well and the bigger the game the more he enjoys it.”

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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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