The Old Firm clash on Sunday has taken on extra significance after Celtic will secure the premiership title with a victory.

It’s a title-deciding clash that the authorities were keen to avoid, but it’s happening anyway after Celtic lost to Hibernian on Saturday.

And Celtic skipper Scott Brown has ramped up the inevitable war of words ahead of the huge game by saying that Rangers aren’t the number two club in Scotland.

He wants to twin the title against Rangers but has said that Hibernian will finish second in the league.

Asked if Rangers were the second best team in the league, Brown, talking in the Scottish Sun, said: “No. Hibs are. They came up from the Championship and have shown everyone how good they can be.

“They’ve got a top-quality manager, a good young team. If they can keep that together, who knows what they can do.

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“They definitely have given us our toughest games this season. They play good football, but they’re up for the battle.”

Football Insider verdict:

This season’s Old Firm clashes have been terrible for Rangers fans and even though a victory against Celtic on Saturday won’t stop their rivals lifting the trophy, it would be a sweet, sweet way to end the season. On the flipside, having to watch Celtic secure the title against them would be pretty tough to take. It’s why the authorities were keen to avoid a title-deciding Old Firm clash, but for neutrals everywhere it’s brilliant. Scott Brown knows how to press the right buttons to wind up Rangers fans and his comments are perfectly timed in the week leading up to the huge game. 

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