Brown role in crucial Edouard winner cannot be overlooked

By John Reid

February 28, 2019

Unsurprisingly, it was all about Odsonne Edouard after his late winner secured a vital 2-1 win for Celtic over Hearts at Tynecastle.

His volleyed finish showed why the Hoops broke their transfer record for him in the summer. But there’s one aspect of the goal that should not be overlooked, and that is the part played by Scott Brown.

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Grasped the initiative

The Hoops skipper grasped the initiative in injury time. He chipped a pass right onto the foot of Edouard, who finished with aplomb.

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The goal was interesting, as it went against the style of football the Hoops had been playing for most of the game. Celtic had attempted to take advantage of playing against 10 men by using width. But it hadn’t met with much success.

Hearts were content to keep men behind the ball, and as a result were proving very difficult to break down.

Sign of things to come?

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Brown’s pass changed all that. Perhaps it is a sign of the football that will be played under Neil Lennon.

Lennon often used the long ball in his first spell as Hoops manager. Charlie Mulgrew was well-known for playing long balls from midfield and defence.

That is a tactic that could well be repeated between now and the end of the season. Only time will tell if that is the case, but all at the club should be thanking Brown for his decision to take the game by the scruff of the neck.