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28th Apr, 2017 | 2:31pm

Rodgers: This Celtic player did two things against Rangers that blew my mind

By Matt Bullin

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed Scott Brown is the most influential player in Scotland as he hailed two mind-blowingly good passes from the skipper against Rangers last weekend.

Rodgers’ comments come after the news that Brown will lead Celtic out against Rangers on Saturday, having won an appeal to overturn the red card he received v Ross County two weeks ago.

The 31-year-old was set to miss the sixth Old Firm derby of the season after being sent off for his late tackle on Liam Boyce – but the offence was downgraded to a yellow card at yesterday’s hearing at Hampden.

The Hoops beat Rangers last weekend in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

Brown played 90 minutes and bossed the game from midfield, while goals from Scott Sinclair and Callum McGregor secured the Bhoys passage into the final.

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Speaking in the Daily Record, Rodgers heaped praise on the 31-year-old, he said: “[He is] tactically brilliant, how he operated in the spaces and filled gaps.

“He pressed the game and also showed his quality. Scott made two disguised passes through the eye of a needle and you don’t do that unless you have top quality.

“There is no doubt that Scott Brown is the most influential player in Scotland. I have been hugely impressed by him.”

The 52-time Scotland international has played 50 league and cup games for Celtic this season and has been one of their top performers across all competitions.

The Hoops skipper has scored three goals and has provided three assists this term, although he has picked up 11 bookings.

In other Celtic news, Jason Holt has admitted there was only one positive for Rangers to take from their Old Firm defeat.

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