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Scott Brown delivers surprise verdict on Naismith horror tackle in Celtic win v Hearts

Celtic skipper Scott Brown has surprisingly revealed that he still has a good relationship with Hearts attacker Steven Naismith, even after Naismith’s horror challenge on him on Sunday.

Naismith stamped on the Hoops captain during the Bhoys’ 3-1 win at Tynecastle, but Brown has claimed that he doesn’t hold any grudges after the challenge.

“I get on brilliantly with Naisy and still will to be fair. It’s one tackle. I’ve had a lot worse from a lot of other people and still speak to them,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“We both want to win. He was playing in a kind of number 10 role and I was sitting in front of the back four so something was going to happen.

“It is what it is.”

The Hoops skipper was very fortunate to avoid serious injury after the incident but he dusted him down and is fit for the Bhoys’ match against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night, which if he features in will be his 54th appearance of the season, in another year in which he has been a mainstay for the Hoops.

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Brown has shown the kind of character he is, by forgiving Naismith for what has a horror challenge. The player is probably more sensible than he is portrayed as, and the fact that he has been voted as Scotland’s player of the year nine years after winning the award for the first time is testament to the sort of season he has had, and the sort of career he has had overall. Going back to the Naismith challenge, perhaps back in the old days Brown would have lost the plot after Naismith’s challenge, and reacted to the challenge and got himself sent-off, but Brown is a far more mature player these days, and he showed what he is all about when he didn’t react to the Naismith challenge. Brown can now put the incident behind him and concentrate on leading the Hoops to a potential second successive domestic treble when they take on Motherwell in next week’s Scottish Cup Final.

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