SCOTT BROWN insists his team-mates will have to make some noise for the Bhoys in tomorrow’s clash with Rangers at Parkhead.

The Celtic skipper is preparing for an Old Firm journey into the unknown after making his first appearance in this fixture 13 years ago following his £4.4million switch from Hibs.

At the age of 35, the Hoops midfield powerhouse knows it will be surreal facing the club’s Glasgow rivals in an empty stadium during government guidelines during the coronavirus pandemic.

Without a murmur from the stands, Brown believes the silence will have to be shattered by the sound of strong leadership.

Brown, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “People like myself who know the fixture well and even people such as Shane Duffy, who hasn’t played in one yet but knows what it’s about, we need to make ourselves heard.

“Shane wanted to be here, he wanted to play in these games and it’s a great opportunity for him.

“It’s not ideal to be doing that in an empty stadium, but it’s still giving him that chance to pull on the jersey and, hopefully, to put in a good performance, as well. It means the world to him, as it does to people like myself and people such as Callum McGregor.

“It’s hard without the fans, there’s no question about that, but you’ve got to try to make the most of the situation.

“Our pitch is in good nick so with that we’ll try to play football and try to focus on our strengths. That’s what we do week in, week out.”

Brown added: “We’ve had a couple of weeks to look over the St Johnstone game and see what we could have done better.

“That’s what we do every single week, we focus on that, whether that’s putting one striker on the park, two strikers, playing a back three, maybe a back four, whatever it is, we can chop and change.

“We always want to entertain. We want to win, that’s the most important thing and we want to play attractive football whenever we can.

“We’re well-organised and I think that’s what we’ve been especially good at this so far this season.

“Ahead of the game we know how we’re going to play, what sort of shape we’re going to take, what style we’re going to adopt, all depending on the opponent. That doesn’t change whether it’s Rangers, AC Milan, Barcelona or St Johnstone.

“That preparation and focus remains the same. You have to respect every single opponent. Between now and the next international break is huge for us and we need to work hard to get the results we’re looking for.

“There are a number of huge games coming up.”

A win for the champions will put them on top of the Premiership with two points to spare and with a game in hand.


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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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