By David Woods

6th Jun, 2018 | 10:13am

Rangers coach claims Gerrard must focus on stopping Celtic skipper Scott Brown

Rangers coach Kevin Thomson claims that Steven Gerrard’s biggest job is to find a midfielder capable of stopping Scott Brown.

Thomson claims that Brown is at the centre of everything that Celtic does and that if Rangers can stop him, they’ll be halfway to clawing their rivals back in.

Talking in the Scottish Sun, Thomson said: “Scott is fundamental to the way Celtic work. You take Scott out of that team and they aren’t as good a team.

“If you get on top of him and make it difficult for him then they aren’t as good a team.

“If you can make it difficult for him, that’s their linchpin. I’m pretty sure that’s something Steven will be focusing on when the big games roll around.

“He’s like a fine wine, Scotty, he’s getting better and better with age, although he’s not looking any better!”

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Football Insider verdict:

Broony has been the curse of Rangers for years and played a huge part in their back-to-back treble-winning season. Gerrard’s priority at the moment seems to be defence, with Connor Goldson reportedly close to an Ibrox move after agreeing a £3.5million fee. They’re also said to be considering a move for West Brom veteran Gareth McAuley. Given some of the results last season – and especially the 5-5 draw with Hibs on the final day of the season – that’s seems like the right move. But Thomson is right and if Rangers really want to target the matches that will make the difference in the Premiership next season, then Gerrard needs to look at Celtic and in particular, Scott Brown. Brown is a huge motivator off the pitch and a leader as a captain, and Gerrard needs someone just like that at Ibrox, both on and off the pitch. He’ll know this as well and it will be interesting to see who ends up as Gerrard’s first captain. 

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