By Kealan Hughes

25th Mar, 2021 | 6:10pm

Scott Brown leaving Celtic is a big boost for Rangers title defence

Scott Brown leaving Celtic in the summer is a massive boost for Rangers as they look to defend the Scottish title next season.

Aberdeen confirmed today that the midfielder has agreed a player-coach contract that will see the 35-year-old make the switch at the end of the current campaign.

Brown has been a loyal servant to Celtic for 14 years and has been an endless thorn in Rangers’ side throughout his career.

We will be glad to see the back of him in the Old Firm as a result.

Even on Sunday Brown led by example and Celtic benefitted from his leadership and ability on the ball.

He completed five long balls and three interceptions and as usual mastered the dark arts side of the game with five fouls, per SofaScore.

Brown has been ever-present for Celtic over the last few years and losing him in the dressing room could be really significant.

The fact the club are managerless also makes his departure even worse – well, all the better from a Rangers perspective.

Big upheaval at Parkhead plays right into our hands.

We are expected to sell players too but there is a clear long-term plan in place and our version of Brown – Steven Davis – has committed to another year.

If we can get Allan McGregor to do the same we will have the upper hand in the Old Firm when it comes to experience.

That know-how is integral in mounting a title challenge, too, so Brown’s exit makes us more likely to defend the league title.

Celtic will find it difficult to replace all the attributes Brown brings, and will likely have to spend a lot to get an equivalent player.

That will hopefully mean they are unable to address all their areas of weakness.

By contrast, we are a side getting better and if we were to sell Alfredo Morelos or Ianis Hagi, we would have a big budget to bring in replacements.

In other Rangers news, the wife of Slavia Prague’s injured keeper has made a bold claim about Kemar Roofe.