Celtic legend Scott Brown has disclosed that the favourite atmosphere he experienced during nine in a row is the 5-1 win over Rangers in 2016, which saw Brown easily defeat Joey Barton in the middle of the park, the Celtic View podcast reports.
The game was built-up as a battle between two fiercely competitive midfielders. However, the tone was set when Barton couldn’t even look at Brown during the pre-match handshakes. That showed just how intimidated he was by the Hoops skipper.
It is fair to say that Brown still enjoys talking about the game four years later.
“He talked the talk”
“The Joey Barton one. That put a huge smile on my face. He came up here, he talked a great game, and I just put him back in his little box and sent him back down the road, it was only a matter of time, he talked the talk but couldn’t walk the walk, and we do our talking on the park. I beat him in every 50-50” Brown said, as quoted by the Celtic View podcast.
As Brown says, Barton did end up leaving Rangers soon after. Sadly Celtic fans were denied the chance to see Brown conquer the Ibrox man once more.
In Glasgow derbies Brown has often set the tone. Maybe Celtic’s struggles in the game recently have been due to the Hoops skipper not being at his best. However, it would be foolish to write Brown off just yet. After all, he has proved people wrong on many occasions.
Brown proved who was the top dog
No doubt there were those that thought that Barton was going to come to Scotland and immediately become the top dog in Scottish football.
Thankfully Brown had other ideas, and it was yet another great derby day for the Celtic support.
Brown will be hoping for a few more of those before he eventually retires. You wouldn’t bet against him having one or two last victories against the Ibrox side.