Scott Brown: Celtic do their talking on the pitch

12th Mar 2018

Celtic captain Scott Brown says his team won the Old Firm derby after doing their “talking on the park” as opposed to through the media like rivals Rangers.

Brown was instrumental in his side coming away from Ibrox with all three points, despite Josip Simunovic’s red card.

Rangers were in a buoyant mood coming into the game having won four in a row before meeting their rivals, a run which had seen them move to within six points of Celtic.

But the gap now stands at nine, with the league leaders having a game in hand.

Reflecting on the game, Brown said, as per BT Sport: “They talked all week and we just sat down. We did our talking on the park. We always do our talking on the park.

“Whether we win or we lose, we always fight till the last minute.

“That’s happened a few times to us now. Whether there is 11 of us or 10, we have always got that belief.

“We were a little bit slack from back through to front for maybe the first 45 minutes but we came in at 2-2 after great finishes from Moussa and Tom, so they dug us out of the deep end.”

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Josh Windass fired Rangers in front after three minutes, but they were soon pegged back by Tom Rogic’s excellent finish from the edge of the box.

Daniel Candeias drilled effort restored Rangers’ lead, but Moussa Dembele and Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic to a huge win over their rivals.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has now won in all four of his visits to Ibrox and he singled out the performance of his captain in his post-match interview.

“Browny is a big-game player. They all understand how we work when we go to ten men, but Scotty is the captain and he can dictate that message. It is important that everyone understands that.

“Is the league over? No, not by a long way. It was a big step for us, though, to go nine points clear with a game in hand. But there is still a lot of work for us to do."