Aberdeen skipper Graeme Shinnie has told Celtic captain Scott Brown that he’s ready for his attempts at revenge next season.
The war of words started after Shinnie made a bad foul on Scott Brown at Celtic Park before saying, “What goes around comes around”.
Brown hit back saying Shinnie tackles like “a little boy”.
Now, Shinnie has said that he has total respect for Brown, but that he won’t back down.
Talking in the Daily Record he said: “I have total respect for fellow players and especially Scott Brown for what he has achieved in the game, captaining the national team and Celtic and all he has accomplished.
“I’m guessing there will probably be some sort of revenge coming back at me and I fully expect that. I’m a man who can take it.
“He’s a competitive player and in my eyes that’s the way I play the game too. Rangers-Aberdeen, Aberdeen-Celtic – they’re competitive matches with big atmospheres and it’s a bit of a war.
“There are plenty of bad tackles but once it’s finished it’s done and dusted. If it wasn’t, there would be a number of boys in the league coming for me.”
Football Insider verdict:
It may be better for Shinnie just to shut up and let his football do his talking for him. Talk of Brown coming for revenge doesn’t paint a good picture of Scottish football and it will just ramp up the pressure ahead of the two teams meeting next season. Hard tackling has always been a part of the Scottish game but it doesn’t need a feud between two players and it seems that every time Shinnie says something, it makes it worst. He was full of respect for Brown, which is all well and good, but he needs to just draw a line over what happened and forget about it. Hopefully Brown won’t be goaded into making a response, although if there’s one man in Scottish football you’d be advised not to antagonise, it’s Brown. He takes no prisoners on the pitch but can also take what he metes out. In terms of yellow cards last season, Shinnie is leading the way with 17 to 14, which suggests he might like to reign stuff in a bit, too.
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