Scott Brown will have to regain the trust of Neil Lennon and his teammates after being sent off for Celtic in the 2-2 draw against Livingston, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the midfielder showed a moment of “stupidity” and suggested the Hoops star will know he has made a “huge mistake”.
The 35-year-old had been on the pitch five minutes against Livi when he swung his arm into the face of Jeze Kabia and was shown a straight red card to rule him out of tonight’s clash v Hamilton.
It was Brown’s first red card of the season, although he has also picked up eight yellows in 26 other games across all competitions.
The draw against Livingston means Celtic have now failed to win in four league games in 2021, with three successive ties to their name.
Hutton believes Brown, who lost his role in the starting XI to Ismaila Soro earlier in the campaign, allowed his anger to get the better of him and insisted he paid the price as a result.
Asked if he thought Brown had allowed his off-field frustration to boil over onto the pitch, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think that’s what it is, it’s frustration. I mean, I know Scott Brown, I know the way he is and normally he’s very good at holding that in.
“If anything, he’s better at winding other people up are so to see him come on for his experience to try and see out a game and then to lash out like that, I can see what he’s trying to do, he’s trying to use his body and kind of missed and swung an elbow.
“It’s just stupidity and he’ll know himself, as soon as he got that red card he’d have walked off thinking: ‘What am I doing here?’
“He will know he made a huge mistake and probably let everybody down but it’s about how you bounce back from that.
“He’s the captain of the club and he’s going to have to go and show that he deserves to be in that position.”