After a potential treble winning season, Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has strolled his way to being named the very best player in Scotland – but Rangers’ new boss Steven Gerrard may well be onto the antidote to blunt the Hoops hero’s blade.
In recent Old Firm derbies, as well as nearly every game the Bhoys have played, Brown’s control of the midfield has been the building block on which their tremendous success has been built, and it is only when he is nullified, by hook or by crook, that the opposition have had any chance of defeating Brendan Rodgers’ men.
His energy, dynamism and pure dedication to the cause makes him such a formidable opponent, but if Gerrard has his way, the Gers could have their answer to stopping him.
Step forward former Liverpool star Lucas Leiva.
The 31-year-old established himself as an out-and-out terrier in the centre of the park at Anfield, as he never stopped running in his 346 appearances for the Reds, hassling and harrying his opponents to within an inch of their life.
Now at Lazio, it is claimed by the Scottish Sun that Gerrard is keen on linking up with his former midfield partner, and that Lucas himself would love to have a dream reunion with the Reds legend at Ibrox.
At 31, and with 49 appearances, as well as four goals and seven assists, in Italy this season, there is no question that he still has the legs to perform at the highest level, and he would be more than worthy competition for Brown.
Seeing the two quality stars fight it out in the middle would bring back many memories of Old Firm derbies of old – and the Brazilian could well usurp the Scot as top dog in the midfield with his quality both on and off the ball.
It will take a lot to topple Brown, but if anyone can break him, then Leiva is certainly in with a shout.
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