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26th Mar, 2018 | 12:21pm

Kevin Thomson: Rangers must get on top of this Celtic player in Scottish Cup semi

Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson believes that stopping his former Hibernian team-mate Scott Brown is the key to a Gers success in next month’s Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final.

Brown, the Celtic captain, has dictated many recent Old Firm matches from midfield, and Thomson believes that for the Gers to pull off an unlikely semi-final challenge they will need to stop Brown from controlling the game.

“You need to get on top of Scott,” Thomson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“It was the same when I was at Hibs and Barry Ferguson was at Rangers and you had to try and compete with the best players.

“It is a challenge for the current midfielders to try and rough Scott up.”

Brown recently turned in a superb performance in ten man Celtic’s 3-2 win at Ibrox earlier this month, where he grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and drove his side to victory.

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Stopping Brown will be easier said than done for Graeme Murty’s side, but as Thomson says it will be key to the Light Blues progressing to the Scottish Cup Final. The Gers will hope to have Ross McCrorie back from injury for the semi-final, he stood up well to Brown in December’s goalless draw between the teams in December and having him back in the team would be a huge bonus for the Gers. Old Firm games are usually lost and won in the midfield, the most recent one at Ibrox was, and Thomson obviously believes that the semi-final will be decided by which team controls the midfield.

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