Celtic boss faces step into unknown as he waits for Brown update

By John Reid

February 22, 2020

Celtic boss Neil Lennon is set to face a step into the unknown as he waits for news of Scott Brown’s injury. The Hoops captain was taken off in the second-half of the 1-1 draw with Copenhagen due to a calf injury.

Lennon does not yet know the severity of the problem.

“He will be assessed”

“He felt something in his calf when he stretched. It’s not like him to come off. He will be assessed, and then we’ll know more” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Should Brown miss a significant period, then Neil Lennon will face a problem he has not had to deal with during his second spell as Celtic boss.

Scott Brown in Celtic training (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Since Lennon returned to Celtic, first as caretaker manager then as permanent boss, Brown has only missed one league game out of a total of 37 – and that was when he was rested for the last game of last season against Hearts.

Manager may have to deal with unfamiliar problem

Therefore, should Brown be out of action for a while, Lennon will have to find a way to deal with a problem he has not had in the year he has been back at the club.

You would imagine that Lennon will be thinking of ways to combat Brown’s possible absence. That could mean bringing Nir Bitton into the team. However, even though Bitton is a good player, the Hoops will find it very difficult to replace Brown, should he be out of action for a while.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He is key to how Celtic play. Brown isn’t afraid to do the ‘dirty work’ in the middle of the park to get the team control of the game.

That might not happen as often with Brown not in the side. Still, all teams have to deal with injuries. Should Brown be out of action for a while, Celtic do have the squad to deal with it. He will still be very badly missed though.

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