Celtic captain Scott Brown has made the massive claim that the Scottish FA didn’t water the pitch at half-time of the Scottish Cup Final in an attempt to stop the Hoops from winning the treble.
The ‘plan’ didn’t work though, as the Bhoys ran out 2-0 winners over Motherwell to achieve a domestic clean sweep for the second season in a row.
Brown believes that the standard of the pitch affected the game as a spectacle overall, and that measures should be introduced to make sure that the pitch is watered.
“Motherwell are a very honest team. They play long, direct, very physical” Brown said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“But we play football the proper way. We get it down on the floor. They didn’t water the pitch at half-time to try and stop us playing.
“But it didn’t stop us. We still tried to play our game. Everyone will try anything – they’ll grow the grass, they don’t water the pitch.
“Down in England, there are rules for these things.
“They want to see top-quality football and that’s maybe where the Scottish game has gone wrong.”
Football Insider verdict
The Scottish Cup Final wasn’t much of a spectacle because the game was over by half-time, but Brown is right about the pitch not being great. If this was done to stifle the Hoops then it didn’t work, as the Bhoys were never in any danger of losing the game at any time. As for Brown’s assertion that the move was done deliberately to prevent the Hoops from winning the cup, then that’s another matter, but it does seem a bit far-fetched that the SFA would decide to prevent the pitch from being watered to stop the Bhoys from adding to their trophies. It has to be said though that the Bhoys have had issues with pitches already this season, as they were unhappy with the state of the Tynecastle pitch when they lost 4-0 to Hearts in December, which saw the end of their unbeaten domestic run. This is really just a case of Brown paying lip service to the fans, who will forget and continue their celebrations of the treble soon enough.
In other Celtic news, this Hoops outcast is happy to be playing football again