Alex McLeish has tipped Celtic midfielder Scott Brown to replace in-form Ismaila Soro against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the treble-winning former Rangers manager insisted the Hoops captain will be desperate to help the club recover from their recent poor form.
The 35-year-old replaced Soro after 80 minutes against Dundee United on Wednesday for his first appearance since the Scottish Cup final.
Soro has emerged as a regular starter and instrumental figure for the Bhoys since making his debut against Lille in the Europa League.
However, he was dropped for the Scottish Cup final in favour of Brown and McLeish expects the same to happen at Ibrox on Saturday.
He told Football Insider: “Someday it’s happening and we’re going to see a big-name player like Scott Brown not play in a big game like this. But I don’t see it this weekend.
“I feel that Brown has still got that bit of experience, still got the legs to cope with it, certainly for this season.
“Beyond that, there will be a time, we’ve seen it with many great names of the past, a great name in one of the biggest games for the club is on the bench.
“That day will obviously come at some stage for Scott or whether he decides himself at some stage he stays in the game a different way as a coach or something else.
“At the moment, he seems as eager as ever.
“Lets be honest, he’s been some pro for Celtic and Scotland and he’ll be one of the guys saying ‘that horrendous form we’ve had over the last few weeks, I want to put it right.’”