Aberdeen forward Sam Cosgrove has admitted that he regrets a dreadful challenge he made on Celtic captain Scott Brown last season.

The 21-year-old was sent-off for a lunge on the Hoops mainstay in the closing moments of the Bhoys’ 2-0 win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie in February.

The Hoops mainstay – who made 56 appearances last season – was lucky to avoid serious injury in the challenge which the striker conceded was ‘silly’.

“It was rash but it was not malicious. It was a silly thing to do. Yes, I do regret it, but you have to move on and focus on doing well now” he said, as quoted on the official Aberdeen website.

Brown had the last laugh as usual though, as he lead the Hoops to their second successive domestic treble.

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It is unlikely that Cosgrove’s admission will find any sympathy with Hoops fans, as it was a truly dreadful challenge on Brown, who has been the target of some very poor challenges in the last few months of last season. Memorably, after the challenge by Cosgrove, Brown got up and strutted around to show that he was still the boss when it came to Scottish football. However, if these challenges aren’t nipped in the bud by the officials next season then the Hoops skipper could suffer a serious injury, which would be a catastrophe for both the player and the club. Brown is one of the most important players for the Hoops, and has been since Brendan Rodgers took over at the club, and losing him would be massive. It will be interesting to see how Brown is treated by opponents in the opening games of next season – whatever happens it is unlikely that he will be changing the playing style that has made him so successful anytime soon.

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