‘Winning on Sunday will put a smile back on everyone’s faces,’ Broony

“It’s always special to win a title at Celtic Park and to do it against Rangers would be fantastic. I’m sure the fans will be loving it.

“If we could win it, it would be the sweetest Rangers-Celtic victory I’ve ever experienced.

“Do we have a psychological edge over them after what happened in the semi-final? Yeah, that’s now 10 games we’re undefeated against them so that speaks for itself.

“Every game is different but we’re looking forward to it.

“Yeah it was a disappointing result at the weekend but this will be a great way to bounce back. Should Rangers expect a backlash? Yes!

“The fans will love the occasion. It will put a smile back on everyone’s faces.

“But we need to make sure we turn up and do our job. We’ve had a couple of hard games against them this season but the lads are looking forward to it.

“Rangers are going to have to come after us a little bit more and try to set their own mark on the game. But we’ll do what we always do. We’ll turn up, we’ll play our own game – and when we do that we know we can beat any team in this country.”

Broony was pleased to pick up the various prizes last night at the club’s own awards, including Player of the Year, but he was modest enough to be surprised and he reckoned that James Forrest was unlucky not to win that particular award.

“I was a little bit surprised,” Broony said.

“My season has been quite good, I’ve stayed injury free, but for me Jamesy Forrest has been outstanding this season.

“He’s really kicked on and shown his potential over the past year.

“I think my form has been good. I’ve been consistent and always been available to play barring one suspension.

“I’ve not had any injuries and I think that’s the key to getting that consistency into your game.”

Asked about Brendan Rodgers distancing himself from any approach from Arsenal his skipper had this to say: “The gaffer has been unbelievable since he came in. He’s been fantastic for myself and everyone in that dressing room.

“We hope he stays. He’s loving his time here and now he’s got this seventh title to wrap up too.”

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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