Celtic star Scott Brown had to deal with another contender who wanted to dispose him as the reigning King of Scottish football – but as usual the 32-year-old had the last laugh.
Former Ibrox attacker Steven Naismith was extremely fired up for Hearts against the Hoops at Tynecastle on Sunday, and stamped on Brown, in an incident which was missed by the referee.
Brown dusted himself off, as he usually does, and just got on with the game, as he usually does, and the Hoops came from a goal done to win 3-1.
Brown, who was deserved named as Scotland’s player of the year last week, seems to have been a marked man this season, as the dreadful challenge by Naismith was similar to a dreadful challenge by Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove earlier in the season.
On that occasion Brown did what he usually does when he is the victim of a poor challenge – picked himself up and got on with the game.
The Hoops skipper no doubt loves that aspect of the game, as he is more than capable of dishing out a hard challenge on the odd occasion.
But when all is said and down, Brown was left standing tall as the Hoops saw off yet another contender, and the question is who will be the next player to challenge the reigning King of Scottish Football?
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have suffered an injury blow ahead of the Scottish Cup Final