Scott Brown will be the first name on the Celtic team sheet for this weekend’s clash against Rangers. 

That’s according to former Hoops forward Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Brown’s final Old Firm game.

Brown, 35, will leave Celtic at the end of the season to take up a player/coach role at Aberdeen after a very successful spell at Parkhead.

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Brown has been at the heart Celtic for over a decade has remained in the first team this season despite his decision to leave at the end of the campaign.

There has been some criticism levelled at John Kennedy by Celtic fans for continuing to play players like Brown as they won’t be at the club next season but McAvennie insists he will still be in the side this weekend.

When asked if Brown would be the first name on the teamsheet against Rangers, McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild, “First name on the teamsheet? I would think so. 

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“I would like to see Scott in behind [Ismaila] Soro because he can help to control him, it’s a big game. 

“They’ve got to stop Rangers being unbeatable and every game is worth something. They say that there’s nothing left and we can’t do anything. 

“We can. We can stop Rangers going unbeaten and get a bit of pride back, winning at Ibrox would give the boys a bit of pride, something to take from the season.

“If any player understands that, it’s Scott. He’s been magnificent for us.”

Brown has made 40 appearances in all competitions this season and still managed to lift some silverware as Celtic won last year’s delayed Scottish Cup.

He departs Celtic with the extraordinary record of winning one trophy for every 28 games he played.

In other news, Celtic have been tipped to embark on a summer spending spree after a £3.5million deal is agreed.