'Horrible' - Celtic player lashes out at opponent following Scotland win v Malta
By James Black
Scotland and Celtic captain Scott Brown has slammed Malta defender Steve Borg as a “horrible *******” for allegedly spitting on him during last night’s World Cup qualifier at Hampden.
According to the Daily Record, Brown alleges that the Valetta defender spat at him during the second-half of Scotland’s 2-0 win last night, saying: “He did spit on me, he is a horrible *******.”
Brown had moments earlier been involved in an altercation with Borg’s teammate Alfred Effiong as Strachan’s side took a step closer to a playoff spot and a possible place in Russia for the 2018 World Cup.
The incident was missed by referee Jakob Kehlet and his assistants but it could still be picked up by UEFA’s disciplinary committee if it was caught on camera.
The Scotland captain is one booking away from a suspension and admits he done well not to react to Borg with only two games left in the qualifying campaign, claiming: “He put his hand up to apologise but I managed to keep my head and the main thing was getting the three points.”
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Brown played 90 minutes as goals from Christophe Berra and Leigh Griffiths closed the Scots to within one point of second-placed Slovakia – who lost 2-1 to group leaders England last night – as they try secure qualification for a first major tournament in twenty years.
Scotland host Slovakia on October 5th before travelling to face Slovenia three days later and two wins from two would be enough for Strachan’s squad to make the playoffs in second place behind leaders England.
With their destiny in their own hands, Brown is desperate for the Tartan Army to get behind the team in their final home game, adding “The Slovakia game will be massive now and, hopefully, the fans come out and support us next month.”