By Tom Blackburn
Rangers favourite Kenny Miller dismissed comments made by Scott Brown as bravado – and revealed the Celtic skipper even got his facts wrong.
Brown claimed on Monday that Aberdeen and Hearts were Celtic’s main rivals for the Premiership title, but on Thursday Warburton said those comments will not bother his side.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Miller doubted whether even Brown believed what he was saying and picked up on errors of fact made by the Celtic captain.
“There is no way Scott Brown actually believes that,” Miller said. “He is saying that to get a headline and noise people up. But let’s be honest he knows from the (Scottish Cup) semi-final last year where yes, we won on penalties but dominated the game, that we were worthy winners.
“If it hadn’t been normal time, it should have been in extra-time so he knows the challenge we are going to bring this year.”
When asked if Brown’s remarks were just part of the Glasgow rivalry, 36-year-old Miller added: “Again, I don’t think Broony got his team’s home scores against Aberdeen right.
“He said they came to Parkhead and got points but they never, so we will take that with a pinch of salt as well.”
Celtic are aiming to clinch their sixth consecutive Scottish Premiership title but are expected to face a tougher challenge with Old Firm rivals Rangers returning to the top-flight.
Rangers were the last side to stop their rivals winning the domestic league trophy and will be striving to do so again after they lifted the Scottish Championship last season with 81 points.
Aberdeen will feel confident going in to the new league campaign as they finished runners up and gained qualification to the Europa League qualifiers, although they were still 15 points adrift of champions Celtic.
Rangers have heavily bolstered their squad this summer by signing former Premier League stars Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Nico Krancjar.
Celtic, kick off their season away to Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday, face Rangers in the first Glasgow derby of the season at home on Saturday, September 10.