Celtic captain Scott Brown has told the club’s official website that he’s expecting a battle against Dundee United in the League Cup final this weekend.
The Bhoys have only just shared a 1-1 draw against the same side in the Scottish FA Cup last weekend and Brown’s comments suggest that he will be the key man for Ronny Deila this weekend.
“On Sunday we’ll try to get the first cup on board but that’s going to be hard. It’s going to be a battle but hopefully there will be no red cards,” said Brown.
“It’s both teams wanting to win and win cup finals, every game in sight, and that’s good for the game and good for the Scottish game.”
Brown will be vital for Celtic for two main reasons.
Firstly, his experience will be key. There is going to be a lot of emotion heading into this game because of how competitive and feisty the game between the clubs was last weekend.
Brown needs to be the man in the middle of Celtic’s team who keeps everyone calm and collected through the opening stages of the match.
Secondly, if that’s not possible and it turns out to be an aggressive game, Brown is the sort of player who will definitely be up for putting himself about over the course of the game.
He can be aggressive in a calm and composed way, which shouldn’t leave the Bhoys at a numerical disadvantage.
Where he has to be careful with that approach is in terms of his discipline. If he picks up a yellow card early in the match, Dundee United could play on that to try and draw further fouls, which could see him dismissed.
If Brown has a decent game then Celtic won’t go far wrong and should wrap up their first silverware of the season.