The Celtic dressing room will not “have even blinked” after Rangers suffered a shock Scottish League Cup defeat to St Mirren on Wednesday.
The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Bhoys will be fully focused on their own campaign and they will not be affected by what is going on over the other side of Glasgow.
Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat was the Gers’ first loss of the 2020/21 campaign, with Gerrard’s men 13 points clear at the top of the Premiership table and into the Europa League knock-out stages.
Celtic, who were beaten by Ross County in the last round of the Scottish League Cup, have two games in hand in the league but are out of Europe after a disappointing group stage.
However, Brown does not believe the Bhoys will see Wednesday’s developments as a possible chink in the armour at Ibrox.
Asked if he thought Rangers’ loss would give Celtic the confidence they can be caught in the league, Brown told Football Insider: “I don’t think they’ll have even blinked about it.
“I just don’t think they will have. They’ll just think: Oh, that’s a shock but let’s concentrate on what we’re doing.’
“Gerrard will be disappointed having only made four changes, he always wants to win games, set the standard but look, they’re on a good roll and they’ll just concentrate on the other stuff.”
Celtic have won just twice in the five league games following the Old Firm defeat at Parkhead back in October.
They have their own cup tie to look forward to on Sunday as they prepare for the rescheduled Scottish Cup final against Hearts.