Celtic captain Scott Brown has slaughtered Aberdeen’s Andrew Shinnie for the poor challenge which left him in danger of missing the Hoops’ Scottish Cup Final v Motherwell.
Brown has revealed that he will be fit to lead the Hoops on Saturday at Hampden Park, but that didn’t stop him from blasting Shinnie, who has been booked 15 times this season.
“I’m not the one with 15 bookings this season,” Brown said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“My ankle’s fine. It takes more than that to keep me down. It was just a Graeme Shinnie tackle. It sums him up really.
“Was I worried about missing the Cup Final? No, I think that Shinnie runs about, he tackles, stuff like that. He’s not got great quality, but he does the best he possibly can.”
Brown has been the victim of poor challenges on more than one occasion this season, as Steven Naismith and Sam Cosgrove has also put the boot into him, but the Hoops skipper has managed to come out on top, like he usually does.
Football Insider verdict
Shinnie’s record is really very poor, and if he played for Celtic or Rangers there would be a much bigger outcry about his 15 bookings this season. As for Brown, he has become a marked man this season, and he really could be doing with getting more protection from referees, but he probably wouldn’t want that. Fans will be delighted however that he has declared himself fit for the Scottish Cup Final, as the Hoops are far less of a side when he is not in the team, and he will be needed against a Motherwell side who are more than capable of putting in a few tough challenges of their own, and Brown will be looking to dominate the middle of the park like he usually does. Brown has had one of the best seasons of his career, and after being named as Scotland’s player of the year he will be looking to end the season in style by leading the Hoops to another domestic treble.
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