Celtic's Scott Brown says Rangers aren't Scotland’s second-best team

Scott Brown of Celtic celebrates at the final whistle as Celtic beat Rangers 4-0 during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in...

Scott Brown has tipped Hibernian to pip Rangers and Aberdeen to second place.

Daniel Joao Santos Candeias of Rangers is challenged by Scott Brown of Celtic during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in...

Rangers head into this weekend's Old Firm clash against Celtic second in the Scottish Premiership table, but anything other than a win could see them drop to fourth at the end of matchday 35.

The Light Blues have the same number of points as Aberdeen, with only a superior goal difference separating them, while fourth-placed Hibernian trail the duo by three points.

Neil Lennon's side are looking to upset the odds by clinching the runners-up spot, and Celtic skipper and midfielder Scott Brown has tipped them to get the job done.

The Scottish legend has claimed that Hibs are the best side of the trio aiming to finish in second place behind the Hoops.

“No. Hibs are," Brown replied when asked if Rangers are the second-best team in the league, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

“They came up from the Championship and have shown everyone how good they can be."

Vykintas Slivka of Hiberniancelebrates scoring during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on April 21, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

“They definitely have given us our toughest games this season. They play good football, but they’re up for the battle."

Hibs became only the third side to beat Celtic domestically this term after securing a 2-1 win over them on Saturday.

Both teams have met on five occasions this term, with Celtic narrowly winning twice, while they were also held to 2-2 draws twice.

Rangers, on the other hand, have drawn only once with the Hoops this term, losing on three other occasions, including a 4-0 drubbing last time out.

Aberdeen have lost all three of their encounters with Celtic this term, failing to score once, while the Hoops put eight goals past them.

Callum McGregor of Celtic celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15,...

While Brown's dig at Rangers clearly stems from their bitter rivalry, Graeme Murty's men have failed to prove that they are really the best of the rest thus far.

However, Sunday's game gives them another chance to prove otherwise, and getting a first win in their 11th attempt will go a long way in handing them a massive boost going forward.

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