Former Celtic defender Mark Wilson is furious at some of the challenges that have been made on Hoops skipper Scott Brown this season.

The latest dreadful challenge on Brown was made by Aberdeen midfielder Andrew Shinnie, who was lucky to avoid a red card for a very heavy tackle on the 32-year-old.

The challenge follows in the footsteps of those made by Sam Cosgrove and Steven Naismith on the Hoops skipper, and Wilson believes that Brown, a Hoops mainstay with 55 appearances this season, is a marked man.

“I thought the tackle on him on Sunday was a shocker,” Wilson said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“One or two of those challenges and I’d have thought it was a coincidence but they are now tallying up and you see how bad they are.

“But I thought the one on Sunday was a bit naughty, going into the last ten minutes of the game but Scott takes it well.”

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Brown has managed to avoid injury from any of the challenges this season, and he looks likely to lead the Hoops into Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell.

Football Insider verdict

There is no doubt that Brown has been targeted this season, and Wilson could well be correct that the Hoops skipper is a marked man. Perhaps the reason for the challenges is that the player is currently the main man in Scottish football, who runs the game, and this is an attempt to make their mark on the Hoops captain and on Scottish football overall. The Hoops are fortunate that Brown has avoided serious injury, and he would be a huge loss for the Bhoys if he was to miss a period of time due to injury. But Brown is the type of player who just dusts himself down and gets on with the game, he doesn’t let the challenges affect him, and indeed it drives him on to lead the Hoops to further glory, which is why he has been such a successful player.

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