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Rangers star Arfield not bothered how Scott Brown feels about him mimicking his celebration

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Rangers star Scott Arfield says he's not bothered how Scott Brown feels about him mimicking his celebrationRangers' Scott Arfield isn't concerned what Scott Brown thinks about anythingArfield mimicked his 'Broony' celebration at him in last month's Old Firm victoryThe midfielder admitted he isn't bothered if the Celtic man has forgiven him

Scott Arfield watched from afar as Scott Brown got into the minds of his opponents and dominated Old Firm games for years.

Giving a bit back by mimicking the 'Broony' celebration right under his nose was not, the Rangers midfielder insists, a planned ploy. But in many ways it summed up the new confidence that seemed to course through Steven Gerrard's side as they recorded that potentially pivotal derby victory back on December 29.

A fortnight on, Arfield remains a little nonplussed by all the online fuss his copycat routine attracted. As for what Brown, thought of it? Well, he most definitely isn't troubled by that. Whether or not the Celtic skipper took offence hasn't been a consideration.

Scott Arfield taunted Scott Brown by mimicking the 'Broony' celebration in last month's win

Asked if he felt Brown was the kind to accept it having dished out similar treatment in the past, the 30-year-old said: 'Possibly. To be honest, I am not that bothered.

'I am not bothered about what he thinks about anything. I am worried about winning games for Rangers.

'It was one of those things, I can't even remember (doing) it. I got home and my mate showed me it and I have seen it 300 times now. It went mad.

'I can't remember when it was in the game and I haven't watched the game back. It was a spur of the moment. I was appealing for a foul I think, I have no idea.

'There are a few things that you need to win this game, he has done it for years and probably got in the head of players a lot easier with different players.

'It is mind games at the end of the day. He has done it for years. But that wasn't my thinking, it was just spur of the moment. It was to win the game..' That Rangers did so with comfort was in stark contrast to Arfield's Old Firm debut back in September. Then it was Celtic's whose dominance was not properly reflected by a 1-0 scoreline.

The post-Christmas rematch saw the champions denied any space to breathe as Gerrard's men relentlessly hounded their opponents. It was a strategy most obviously effective in central midfield as Brown and Olivier Ntcham were brushed aside.

'You have to win it to win this game,' said Arfield of the midfield contest.. 'If you look at the midfield three of me, Jacko (Ryan Jack) and Ross (McCrorie), we won those battles and that is why we won the game.

The Rangers star clashed with his Celtic counterpart Brown in the last Old Firm derby

'At Parkhead, we probably never won them and that is why they won it. In any big game, and particularly this game, it is winning the key battles and the key areas.

'Before the Parkhead game, we had the flight back from Russia (after the final Europa League qualifier against Ufa) and maybe that was a factor in our minds, subconsciously.

'But this game allowed us to get in their faces. It was the same sort of performance as some of the European games - particularly Villarreal away and at home - and the intensity with which we played allowed me to get up there.

'As soon as he (Brown) starts dictating the game, Celtic are off to a flier.. You know you need to be up there and you know the other two in midfield have the ability as well.'

You might think a player so central to Rangers' first Old Firm success in 13 attempts would want to relive every minute by poring over footage during the winter break.

But the midfielder says: 'I am not bothered about what he (Brown) thinks about anything'

Not Arfield. What he sees in his mind's eye has been enough to sustain him. It is a policy he tends to adopt in defeat as well as victory.

'After the Parkhead game, I was away on international duty and I never watched that game back until a couple of weeks later,' said West Lothian-born Arfield, who represents Canada. 'That was good for me.

'Obviously we lost the game and I reflected on it going into the next game. But I got away from it and I never read anything good or bad about the game. I have done the same again.

'I went away with the kids to Centre Parcs and have not seen anything. I have not seen the game back, I don't want to watch it back. It is fresh in my mind and I know what I did. I know how I played, I know how we played.'

What those memories now do for Rangers is the key. Bolstered by the additions of Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis, there is widening belief that Gerrard's squad could push Celtic all the way in what promises to be a fascinating second half of the season.

Rangers have boosted their squad with the arrivals of Jermain Defoe (R) and Steven Davis (L)

'I think the belief has always been there,' insisted Arfield, who joined Rangers from Burnley last summer.

'But it can take a result like that for it to get into everybody and for the fans to believe. For us in the dressing room, the belief has always been there and we want to be successful as soon as possible.

'It does amplify it when you get a result like that and it was a comfortable victory in the end.

'I used to watch the Old Firm games all the time before I came to the club. Of course, there has been a gulf in class over the last years, the results tell you that and you don't need to watch the performances. I have watched every one of them and thankfully we have got the bragging rights until the next one.

'When I walked through those doors to sign that contract, this is the game that you are naturally drawn to and the game you want to win as much as possible. Now we have done it.

'I had the opportunity to walk off the pitch having given that to the fans and that result was for all of them that have stuck with the club through thick and thin. Hopefully it is the start of good times.'

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