Celtic captain Scott Brown remembers first trip to Tynecastle

By David Walton

December 18, 2019

Celtic captain Scott Brown has touched on his first-ever Tynecastle trip as a Hibs player.

The veteran has faced the Jambos on countless occasions over the years, and comes out on top in the vast majority of matches against them. Yet he started off on the end of a bad defeat back in November 2003.

His Tynecastle debut ended on a sour note as goals from Alen Orman and Gary Smith secured the win for Hearts. Brown’s biggest contribution in that match was smashing into Steven Pressley and forcing the Hearts skipper off with an injury too. One to forget indeed.

Scott Brown has come up with some big performances at Tynecastle (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Yet Brown certainly seems to remember it fondly too when he reflects back on it. Speaking in the Daily Record, he made the following admission:

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“I love going to Tynecastle with the fans right on top of you. You hear every single thing they say. It’s lovely, there is always a lot of them saying nice things about me.

“My first game there? I probably should have got sent off! Against Elvis (Steven Pressley) I think it was. I smashed him a beauty and Hugh Dallas was the referee.

“Somehow he let me away with it. I was already on a yellow.”

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You can count on one hand the amount of bad visits to Tynecastle Brown has had as our captain. Tony Mowbray awarded him the armband back in 2010. Brown has lost only four games out of 18 trips to Gorgie since then. He’s never lost to them as a captain at Celtic Park either (Fussball Datenbank).

Brown has become a mature leader for Celtic (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Indeed, more often than not, Brown runs the show in Edinburgh. His displays against the Jambos over the years have always been great to watch.

Tonight, he’ll be in the centre of our midfield as we look to secure another big win there. Brown will be all too aware of how tricky these midweek fixtures away from home can prove to be. Especially at a ground like Tynecastle that feels so tight for the players.

Celtic’s performances in Gorgie tend to depend on how Brown performs individually. If he’s getting stuck in and winning the second-balls, Celtic are almost always certainties to take the points. However, if it goes the other way and not much comes off for him, it tends to put us under real pressure. Tynecastle is one of those venues where we just have to win the battle.

Brown was a lot less level-headed when he was at Hibs (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The captain has come a long way since clattering into Pressley back when he was only 18. These days, he’s a mature, confident and composed leader for Celtic. It’s no wonder he’s always in the team for matches of this variety.

Hopefully, tonight can be yet another Tynecastle visit he can put under the win column.