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‘Yeah they’ve managed to talk quite a lot this week. We’ll just do our usual job and turn up. In the last three games at Ibrox we have been excellent.

‘The pressure is all on them. We managed to do well there last season but it’s all about what we do this season and we have to try to do the same. Ibrox is a hard place to go but we’ve managed to get three wins there in a row.

‘I’ve been there before and got caught up in the occasion and got sent off. You learn from your mistakes and make sure you push on.

‘As captain you need to be reliable and be there to do whatever the manager needs. On the pitch, everyone is a leader. I do the team-talk and then it’s every man for himself.

‘There is huge pressure on Rangers but we’ll have a good working week and go into that game and work as well as we can.’

Scott Brown, talking to Celtic TV


‘The transition has been easy because I lived here for ten years before so it has all gone very smoothly.

‘I also have played since the first minute I arrived at the club. In the last month I have played five games and have also trained very well. I am close to reaching the percentages that I would like to be at but in the next few weeks I will hopefully catch up to that level.

‘It is lovely for my family to be near my son and for him to see his grand-parents a little more regularly just now. It is nice for everyone.

‘It is difficult to give a verdict on what will happen in the summer. Much of that is because it is not down to me. I will always be positive and give my best and right now it would be amazing to be part of a Midtjylland side who went on to win the title. That would be amazing.

‘I want to focus my energy on that and then in the summer I will speak to Brendan Rodgers and see what his thoughts are. Ultimately it is his decision. I am at an age now where I need to play football. I don’t want to be in and out.

‘I think I need to play now to keep developing and improving. I am positive but I am also realistic and I know that it comes down to what the manager thinks and he is very honest. I spoke to him last month. Brendan called me to see if we had settled in here and I thought that was a very nice gesture. He was pleased that I was in the team and playing games and we will see what happens now over the next four months.’

Erik Sviatchenko

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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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