Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has stuck up for Scott Brown and his Celtic achievements despite the lack of respect shown to him by an Ibrox official after last week’s derby.
The Daily Record report a senior Ibrox suit was classless and inappropriate with goading in the tunnel aimed at Brown after our league defeat.
For Ferguson, respect needs to be apparent between the two sides when players step off of the pitch and he’s publicly defended the Celtic legend, despite many rival fans similarly showing their lack of class on social media.
The former Rangers hero told The Go Radio Football Show tonight: “I think he has been a fantastic player for Celtic and has improved as he got older. I think everybody would agree with that comment I’ve just made. I think when he first came he was a different kind of player. He was an in your face, box-to-box midfielder and as he’s got older he’s been playing that number six role and been a top performer.
“The amount of games he has played, the amount of trophies he has won, I think he deserves an excellent send-off. It’s just a pity the fans won’t be there to thank him. I’m surprised he wasn’t given another year at Celtic. I think he will go up to Aberdeen and get a new start.
“We gave each other a few boots over the years. You go to war for 93, 94 minutes, but when it’s over and you walk up that tunnel and the respect is still there. In the heat of the battle you have a wee pop at each other but after you walk up the tunnel the respect is always there, at least it certainly was on my side.”
Given figures such as Steven Gerrard have gone out of their way to praise Brown in recent weeks, and that the captain was instrumental in bringing the two clubs together following racism towards Glen Kamara, whoever the nameless Ibrox employee is has let themselves down.
That Brown still winds up Rangers fans is a testament to the success he has enjoyed against them throughout his career.
He’ll use those writing him off as motivation when attempting to perform well against their club at Aberdeen.
I’m sure when he’s polishing his medal collection he doesn’t give much thought to what some wee guy on Twitter is saying about him, nor what an Ibrox employee who hasn’t played the game thinks of him.