SCOTT BROWN has admitted it was The Rangers who inspired him to become the player he is now, transforming after the defeat at Hampden back in 2016 that reignited his passion and helped him from simply being another Celtic captain to a Celtic legend.
Since that fateful day when the wheels were set in motion which paved the way for the Rodgers revolution – Broony looks back at that game as the catalyst behind the relentless Celtic side you see today.
“We looked sloppy all over the park in the semi-final defeat to Rangers in 2016. I have a lot of responsibility in the middle of the park and I didn’t turn up that day or feel I could keep pushing myself.
“But it’s probably the best thing that ever happened to me. I was determined to prove a point to everyone because people were saying I was finished and that my legs were gone.
“People were talking about me retiring but now there’s no chance of that happening in the next three or four years.”
We have written about that day at Hampden over the last couple of years, where a Ronny Deila side capitulated against a lower league Ibrox side.
We wrote back in November of 2016 how important the result was in the context of what would happen next.
The defeat which hurt at the time proves to be the medicine Celtic needed to catapult themselves to an Invincible season, a treble and now the possibility of a double treble.