By Will Butcher

Captain Scott Brown believes Sunday’s Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers will be a much tighter affair than last time out.

The midfield dynamo was instrumental in the Hoops’ 5-1 triumph over Mark Warburton’s side back in September, but is adamant that it will be completely different this time around.

Brown claimed that Rangers have improved in recent weeks and is expecting a hotly-contested affair between the two sides.

“They have been more solid and have a more steady team as well, it hasn’t been chopped and changed,” Brown told the Scotland Herald.

“It will be a lot tighter. Everyone thinks it is going to be three, four, five nothing for us again because we scored five goals, but it is going to be a lot harder game.

“They will play a bit differently. I don’t think they will be as open as they were at Celtic Park, but we will have to see what team they put out and who fancies it more on the day.”

Celtic will be looking to avoid a European hangover after they were comfortably beaten by Bundesliga outfit Gladbach in Group C of the Champions League by two goals to nil.

Rangers come into the game off the back of an impressive 1-0 away win against Inverness last Friday, with former Celtic star Kenny Miller scoring the all-important goal and subsequently reaching 100 career strikes.

With a place in the final of the Betfred Cup up for grabs, both sides will be going hammer and tongs to earn a chance at lifting the prestigious trophy.

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