Celtic tried to move on from the talk of demonstrations and managerial changes tonight – it didn’t work.

The Hoops published a video on social media of Scott Brown carrying out a pre-match interview ahead of Thursday night’s trip to AC Milan at the San Siro.

In the video, Brown touched on the club’s recent dreadful form as well as the usual guff about how the players were looking to put things right and that they were looking forward to playing at such a great venue. Blah, blah, blah.

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The idea here is that Celtic want people to start talking about what should’ve been considered a dream clash. Back when the draw was made in the early stages of the season, we all subscribed to that notion at the time.

In fact, many would’ve been looking at this very fixture and thinking “what a chance we could have to qualify for the last-32 at such an historic venue”. The reality couldn’t be more different. Already out of the Europa League – the manager is effectively just a nail or two away from having his Celtic managerial coffin slammed shut.

In any case, back to this video published tonight. You could see in Brown’s face that he just wasn’t up for it. He wasn’t interested in spewing absolute drivel and trying to happy-clap through the week.

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Listen, Brown doesn’t escape criticism from his own woeful displays this season – he’s been one of the worst on the pitch in recent weeks – but he showed in his body language that he’s hurting here.

Sure, it’s difficult to lay the blame solely at Gerry McCulloch either for carrying out the interview. He’s just doing his job, and the questions asked are never going to be too pressing when it comes to in-house troubles.

Celtic captain Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown / (Photo by Ian MacNicol – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Nor too can Brown be accused of trying to pretend everything is rosy. Everything about him tonight suggested he didn’t want to be there, and it certainly didn’t escape the fans either.

Here’s a look at some of the reaction to the captain’s pre-match interview tonight:



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