Celtic captain Scott Brown has delivered his verdict on the challenge that got everyone talking last weekend as his team beat Ross County 3-0 in the Scottish Premiership.
Staggies defender Andrew Davies flew in on the Hoops ace in a crunching x-rated challenge which saw the enforcer given his marching order and a two-game ban as a result.
But Brown believes that were the shoe on the other foot, his reputation would have meant that he would have been on the receiving end of a heftier punishment.
As quoted in the Scottish Sun, Brown gave his thoughts on the Davies challenge and said: “There’s been a couple of harsh tackles the last few games, but I don’t know if it’s on me or people mistiming them really badly.
“If I’d done that it would have been a lot worse and it would have been in papers for weeks and weeks. I’d have got a five or six game ban.
“I’ve been playing football for a long time. I’m sure sometimes the media is for you and against you.”
Football Insider verdict:
Brown’s reputation goes before him and he has a point. Were it him facing the rap, the 32-year-old would likely be in all kinds of trouble. As popular as the Hoops midfielder is for his feisty style of play amongst the Bhoys faithful, he is equally as unpopular amongst rival supporters. Davies’ tackle on Brown was a shocker and to get just the standard two games for such a dangerous “assault” is a joke but he needs to accept what happened, let it go, and lead his side on the march to the title – starting with a victory against Hamilton Academical this weekend.
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