Celtic picked up a 2-0 win at Ibrox against Rangers in their last match before the international break.

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has admitted to the Scotsman that he couldn’t believe Odsonne Edouard belted the ball into touch from kick-off against Rangers.

Celtic striker Edouard decided to play for territory with the first kick of the game in the Bhoys’ last competitive match.

It was a rare tactic, as Celtic immediately gave possession to Rangers, but it sent the message that they weren’t travelling to Steven Gerrard’s side’s home to retreat.

In the end it worked out well, as Celtic went on to win the match 2-0.

But Brown admits that at first he was totally shocked by Edouard’s decision.

“I turned around and said: ‘What the f*** are you doing, Odsonne?’ ” Brown said.

“I just turned around and said: ‘That will be f****** that, then eh?’ But I’m not going to lie. It’s the first time we had ever done it and we got something from it. It was a wee change and Odsonne was unbelievable at doing it.

“I said to start by pressing them up the park but I wanted the ball to come back first before we went up there. But my French is not what it used to be.”

Celtic’s performance against Rangers was the first major blow that either side had struck in the title race.

There had been much talk about how Gerrard’s side had improved over the summer and Celtic had regressed, but at Ibrox the opposite was true.

Celtic had struggled against Rangers at Ibrox recently, but they looked totally comfortable two weekends’ ago.

Brown and Celtic will now be looking to build on that victory, with their next match coming against Hamilton tomorrow.

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