By Danny Wright

24th Feb, 2017 | 8:08pm

Scott Brown: This is why Celtic are getting hammered by ugly tackles

By Danny Wright

Scott Brown believes that the number of ugly challenges made on his teammates is down to his side showing their superior fitness over them.

Kieran Tierney was on the receiving end of a vicious tackle from Motherwell’s Ryan Bowman last week but Brown said to STV that he doesn’t think it’s out of malice, but simply down to the opposition getting tired.

The 31-year-old added that he has some sympathy towards their opponents because he understands how it feels to be on the receiving end of a rout.

The Hoops have scored four or more goals in three of their last five matches and have found the target on 67 occasions in 25 Scottish Premiership matches this season.

“I wouldn’t say it’s deliberate but I think it is more tiredness. I have been there on the end of a 5-0 and 6-0 and not got a touch of the ball for three or four minutes at a time,” Brown said.

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“Your body is tired, you lunge in and you think you have a chance of getting the ball but you are nowhere near it.

“It is just tiredness more than anything and hopefully that is the case for the players that left their foot in that little bit too late.”

Brown’s comments came after manager Brendan Rodgers called on referees to offer his side more protection in the wake of the Bowman challenge on Tierney.

The former Hibernian midfielder has made 41 appearances in all competitions this season scoring three goals.

He has lifted the Scottish league title on six occasions since joining the club in 2007.

His side take on Hamilton on Saturday in a bid to continue their domestic winning streak to 32 games.

Celtic are 24 points clear of second placed Aberdeen in the league standings.

In other Celtic news, Martin O’Neill has a pop at Old Firm rivals Rangers.

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