SCOTT BROWN is the ONLY leader in the Celtic dressing room, insists former Rangers striker Kris Boyd.

And the ex-Scotland international forward reckons his old club deserve to be favourites to win this afternoon’s High Noon showdown at Ibrox in the opening Glasgow derby of the campaign.

Boyd, who won six trophies during his time at Gers, is adamant Steven Gerrard’s side are in a great position to take advantage of the champions’ lack of shrewd spending during the transfer window.

Hoops fans expected the champions to splash the cash as they revamped the squad – especially after picking up a record-breaking £25million from Arsenal for Kieran Tierney.

Boyd, who retired from playing at the end of his contract with Kilmarnock in the summer, also reckons left-back Boli Bolingoli and centre-half Christopher Jullien, who cost £10million when they arrived in the summer, have “WEAKENED” the Parkhead outfit.

Both players will make their Old Firm derby in Govan in the High Noon showdown today.

Boyd, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “It’s well documented; the money that they’ve received for transfers, the money that they’ve received for winning leagues and going far in European competitions, getting to the group stages.

“The transfer fees are the big one and it doesn’t look as if they are spending them, or if they have, they’ve taken a punt once again in trying to hit the jackpot with a few signings.

“Bolingoli has come in at left-back and Jullien the centre-half, they might turn out to be terrific additions further down the line, but right now it does look as if they have weakened Celtic.

“They’ve lost a lot of leaders, especially from last year when you take people like Mikael Lustig and Dedryck Boyata leaving. So I think if you were a Celtic fan you would be worried; you’re losing a lot of your leaders in the dressing room.

“Fixtures like this, that’s why you’ve got so many [leaders]there. Looking at it, only Scott Brown is one of those guys you would say is a leader.

“There are some excellent players in there – [James] Forrest, [Callum] McGregor – but they’re not guys who are going to go around bawling and shouting and trying to drag you with them.”

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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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