'Best player' - BBC pundit names one Celtic player who impressed him v Zenit
BBC pundit Tam McManus believes that Celtic skipper Scott Brown was the Hoops’ best player in their 3-0 loss to Zenit, but he admitted that wasn’t anything to brag about.
The Hoops turned in a very poor display in the match, as the Russians quickly overturned the one goal deficit from the first leg and ran out comfortable.
When McManus was asked on his personal Twitter page why he wasn’t “raving” about Brown after the match, he came to the 32-year-old’s defence, to an extent.
“Was still Celtic’s best player on the night. Not that it’s anything to shout about to be fair. Well beat”.
Was still Celtic’s best player on the night. Not that it’s anything to shout about to be fair. Well beat. https://t.co/PiWakm3BJ5
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) February 22, 2018
The Hoops skipper struggled as Roberto Mancini’s side seemed determined to make amends after their poor showing in the first leg in Glasgow.
The cause wasn’t helped by mistakes made by Jozo Simunovic and Dorus de Vries for Zenit’s first goals, which gave them a two goal lead at half-time.
The Hoops were still in the game at that stage but a third Zenit goal on the hour killed the game and saw Brendan Rodgers’ side exit Europe with a whimper.
Brown will need to pick himself up quickly, as the Hoops are back in league business on Sunday, when they take on an Aberdeen side who can cut the gap at the top of the league table to six points with a win at Pittodrie.
In other Celtic news, Patrick Roberts could return from injury for the match against Aberdeen
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