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16th Dec, 2017 | 1:37pm

Neil Doncaster responds to Celtic senior player criticism

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has dismissed criticism from Celtic captain Scott Brown over the Hoops’ busy December schedule.

Hoops senior player Brown was critical of the fact that his side recently played Motherwell three times in six days whilst in the middle of their Champions League group stage campaign.

The teams first met in the Betfred Cup Final, before playing two league games in three games in matches that were overshadowed by controversy over refereeing decisions.

But Doncaster, as quoted by The Herald, was adamant that the SFA did all that they could to accommodate Celtic’s fixtures.

“There was relatively little we could do to avoid instances from happening like that from time to time. We already have a very congested fixture schedule,” he said.

“The SPFL have a fairly limited control over the dates, particularly the dates that are given to us by UEFA. We have to try and make the best of the dates within our very congested calendar.”

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The Celts have a total of nine fixtures to negotiate in December, eight of which are in the Scottish Premiership, the other was the final Champions League group stage match against Anderlecht.

The Scottish champions are next in action against Hearts at Tynecastle, as they aim to keep clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

The lead may be cut to two points before the visit to Tynecastle as both Rangers and Aberdeen are in Scottish Premiership action 24 hours before the Bhoys.

Celtic are currently five points clear – with a game in hand – of closest challengers Rangers and Aberdeen, both of whom visit Celtic Park before the winter break in January.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Celtic will be in good form after the January winter break

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