Scott Brown may be one of the most divisive figures in British football, but there is no denying he is effective.
The Celtic skipper was at his antagonistic and brilliant best during Sunday’s Old Firm clash at home, which saw the Bhoys emerge as 2-1 winners.
After tangling with Alfredo Morelos in the first half, Brown’s reaction saw the Colombia international receive his fifth red card of the season.
And when James Forrest struck the decisive winner late on, it was the 33-year-old who was again on the deck after triggering a reaction from Ryan Kent.
It may be deemed as the ‘ugly side’ of football, but gamesmanship and mind games are as much a part of fierce derbies as goals and assists.
And when it comes to winding the opposition up, there are few better in the world than the midfielder.
Technically speaking, Brown was assured on the pitch when the ball was in play as well.
Celtic had 59 per cent possession throughout the game, with Brown dictating play for the hosts from his traditional deep-lying role.
It may not be the most glamorous role, but the midfielder is a master of disrupting the opposition – using their emotion against them as just for good measure he had a part in Andy Halliday receiving his marching orders, the Rangers midfielder having taken exception to Brown celebrating in front of the away fans.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard even acknowledged his side had been duped, citing their ill-discipline as the cause for their downfall at Celtic Park.
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He told Sky Sports: “You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise. Morelos and [Ryan] Kent are both provoked. Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your face, Halliday has the right to protect his own people.
“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.
“We’ve hurt ourselves badly this season with a lack of discipline. I’ve given my players the benefit of the doubt on too many times.”
As a result of his performance, Scott Brown is talkSPORT.com‘s Player of the Weekend.