Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has named Hibernian midfielder John McGinn as his toughest opponent this season.

Brown had some tough battles against the in-demand 23-year-old, who has been linked with both halves of the Old Firm at different stages of the season.

“It’s John McGinn. The way he plays is great, he gets in and uses his body and he does it so well” Brown said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“It’s the part of the game I use as well, to use my body and push people out the road and get my butt in the road to force people out the way.

“John’s a kind of similar player that way and he’s the driving force behind Hibs.”

Brown, who has been a mainstay and hero of the Hoops this season with 54 appearances, is set to lift his seventh Scottish Premiership title in a row on Sunday when the Bhoys end their league season against Aberdeen.

Football Insider verdict

There is no doubt that Brown has been impressed by McGinn, who has impressed against the Hoops this season, particularly in the two 2-2 draws between Celtic and Hibernian this season. The fact that the Hoops skipper is such a fan of a player who has been linked with the Bhoys in the past will of course encourage more speculation about McGinn and a move to the Scottish champions. The question that has to be asked though, is McGinn good enough to be a regular in the Hoops side for the money that the Easter Road side will want for the player – and the answer at the moment has to be ‘no’. There is no doubt that McGinn can improve as a player, but at this moment in time you would have to say that the younger Olivier Ntcham is a better player at this moment in team, so the Hoops should think again if they are planning of making a move for McGinn.

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