SCOTT BROWN reckons the Celtic firing squad will hit the target in Stockholm this evening and power the team into tomorrow’s Europa League group stages draw in Monaco.

The Hoops skipper will lead the troops into action against AIK following the 2-0 first leg win at Parkhead last week, courtesy of second-half strikes from James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard.

Brown admits he is prepared for two massive confrontations in the space of four days with a trip across Glasgow to face Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side at Ibrox on Sunday.

However, it is one game at a time for the 34-year-old former Scotland international captain who quit his country last season to concentrate on club duties.

Brown, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It’s a big game for us because we want European football.

“We know it’s going to be hard playing away from home. We have a 2-0 lead which feels like a good result, but we need to come here looking to get another goal to make it hard for them.

“They’re going to think they have a chance and will come and attack us to put us under pressure from the word go.

“It’s about us being brave on the ball and taking our chances when they come around.

“The lads have been frightening going forward so far this season. We always look like a threat, so we’ll need to make sure we close them off at the back.

“We need to be hard to break down and make sure that when we do go forward we don’t overload with bodies high up the park.

“The best thing for us is if we can score a goal early. That would settle everyone’s nerves because you never know what can happen in European football.

“It’s hard coming away from home and they have the crowd inside a big stadium pushing them on. But on a good pitch we can, hopefully, play in their half.”

Brown added: “We need to make sure we maintain our form and don’t have any more little slip-ups.

“We want to continue out form in the league, but here it’s about getting through.”

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