By Will Butcher
Celtic captain Scott Brown has been confirmed as fit for Celtic’s Champions League clash against Barcelona on Tuesday, according to a report.
The 31-year-old midfielder hobbled off with 16 minutes to play during his side’s convincing 5-1 triumph in Saturday’s Old Firm derby, being replaced by Callum McGregor.
However, Sky Sports have revealed that the commanding midfielder will lead the Bhoys out at the Nou Camp on Tuesday, as Brendan Rodgers’ side make their first Champions League group stage appearance since 2013-14.
Former Liverpool boss Rodgers will be delighted to have Brown available, after losing 40-goal hitman Leigh Griffiths to a hamstring injury.
Hat-trick hero Moussa Dembele is set to replace the Scotland international, after scoring three of Celtic’s five goals past Gers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham.
Brown, who has entered his tenth season with Celtic following a move from Hibernian in 2007, has travelled with the rest of the squad to Spain as Rodgers’ side begin the uphill task of qualifying for the knockout stage.
Along with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Celtic also have to deal with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling as they go up against Manchester City as well as German giants Gladbach.
The 50-time international has now racked up 373 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions, scoring 35 goals adding 53 in assists.