SCOTT BROWN will be in his usual midfield berth against Kilmarnock this afternoon as Celtic attempt to move 12 points ahead in their quest for an eighth successive championship.
The Hoops skipper is free to lead the team in what will be an emotion-charged day at Parkhead as the fans honour club great Billy McNeill who passed away at the age of 79.
Brown escaped an SFA ban yesterday after a disciplinary charge, regarding his post-match celebrations following last month’s 2-1 victory over Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit, was dismissed at a hearing, as CQN reported last night.
Neil Lennon has a decision to make on who will partner the 33-year-old captain with Tom Rogic looking favourite.
The Australian World Cup midfielder replaced the struggling Oliver Ntcham after the hour mark in the goalless draw against Hibs at Easter Road last weekend.
The French ace has started three games this year – the other two against the Govan outfit and St Mirren, where he missed a penalty-kick – and has failed to impress.
Bain, Lustig, Toljan, Benkovic, Simunovic, Ajer, Izaguirre, Brown, Rogic, McGregor, Ntcham, Bitton, Sinclair, Hayes, Forrest, Burke, Weah, Edouard, Johnston and De Vries.
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