Celtic captain Scott Brown not interested in fitness excuse ahead of Aberdeen clash

By John McGinley

October 27, 2019

Celtic captain Scott Brown has insisted that the Hoops’ heavy schedule will not play a factor in their performance against Aberdeen later today at Pittodrie, The Scottish Sun report.

The team produced a stellar win at home to Lazio on Thursday night, putting all their energy into the comeback victory.

However, with Brown revealing they had Friday off to recuperate, he feels they’ll be as fresh and ready for today’s clash than any other match this season.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the 34-year-old said: “There are no excuses, we just need to go there and do it.

“It’s true that we couldn’t face a much longer trip off the back of a European night, but we’re used to the Thursday-Sunday thing now.

“We had a day off on Friday to let us rest and recover so we’re fresh and ready for Pittodrie — because as much as it’s a cliche, the truth is that you’re only as good as your next game.”

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Something to prove

Brown’s comments ahead of today may be encouraging for Celtic fans but the truth is the team need to back up the captain’s words on the pitch.

After the recent win over Cluj at Celtic Park, the Hoops of course travelled to Livingston, falling short in a 2-0 defeat. That afternoon was a physical battle and the team’s energy levels looked notably depleted.

With Aberdeen likely to bring that kind of game to Neil Lennon’s side again today, we will hopefully be better prepared and in a better position to secure a positive result.

Right now our league matches are very much just as important as Europe. We don’t have the kind of breathing room at the top of the table that allows us to drop points regularly.