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23rd Apr, 2017 | 3:47pm

Caixinha salutes Celtic star for his display in win over Rangers (not Roberts)

By Matt Farr

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has saluted the midfield display of Celtic’s Scott Brown during their 2-0 defeat on Sunday.

Brown gave a typically dominant performance in the engine room for Celtic, as they recorded a comfortable win over their Old Firm rivals in the Scottish Cup semi final at Hampden.

But the media-friendly Caixinha chose to give credit where it is due, and insisted that the 31-year-old bossed the midfield against his Rangers side.

He told Sky Sports 2’s live coverage of the game in the aftermath of the defeat: “We could not stop the ways Celtic found our goal, not that they arrived with clear chances.

“But they controlled and managed the game the way they wanted. They key player was Scott – he had a lot of freedom to divide the game and see the game different, take the ball from one side to another.”

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Brown was initially set to watch the semi final clash from the sidelines, having been sent off during Celtic’s recent 2-2 draw with Ross County.

The Scotland international was dismissed by referee Don Robertson for a lunge on Ross County attacker Liam Boyce, a decision which Celtic later appealed.

However, with the appeal hearing not scheduled until next week, Brown was permitted to feature against Rangers, where he went on to have a starring role.

But although some Rangers fans might have felt aggrieved at the decision to let Brown play against their side, Caixinha himself had no problem.

Brown has made 50 appearances for the club this term, providing three goals and three assists, and Rangers’ midfield outlet – like many of their Scottish rivals – had few answers for him.

In other Celtic news, Paul Lambert has shared his verdict on Brendan Rodgers following the win over Rangers.

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