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18th Feb, 2018 | 1:04pm

Celtic midfielder will be missed v St Johnstone but bigger picture is more important

Celtic return to league action against St Johnstone on Sunday, still basking in the triumph on their 1-0 Europa League first leg victory over Zenit.
One of the main architects of that victory, Hoops captain Scott Brown, is set to miss the match against St Johnstone, as he is suspended.
Normally this would be a problem as the Bhoys usually struggle when the 32-year-old midfielder is out of the side, but looking at the bigger picture a rest will do the skipper good.
He will now be raring to go for the second leg against the Russian side on Thursday, having missed out against the Perth side.
As he hates missing matches, Brown will no doubt be out to prove a point against Zenit to make up for missing the game against St Johnstone.
The Bhoys seem to have ready-made replacement for Brown in Eboue Kouassi, who ran the game against Zenit and dominated the midfield area, with help from Brown.
If Kouassi starts against St Johnstone, then the impact of Brown’s absence could be severely lessened.
Brendan Rodgers and his team will be going all out to defeat St Johnstone, as a win would put them 11 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, but looking at the grand scheme of things perhaps it isn’t all bad that Brown misses out. We will know for sure after the game.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton is a big fan of Eboue Kouassi
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