Celtic captain Scott Brown revealed that he was sent a “lovely” apology from Rangers for last weekend’s sickening incident.
Brown was pathetically goaded by a supposed Rangers fan over the passing of his sister. The reaction was telling as fans of both sides shot down the idiot. Brown has since received massive backing from both sides of the Glasgow divide.
Rangers also took swift action in banning the supporter for life (Scottish Sun). And Brown has also revealed that they contacted him via email with a “lovely” apology for the incident.
Speaking today at his press conference via Celtic TV, he was also keen to thank everyone for their well-wishes.
“They sent an email – that was lovely of them to actually do that. I think the fans from both sides were phenomenal to be perfectly honest. It’s not just the one incident – it’s happened over the last 12 years of my career. It’s hard but it shouldn’t be happening.
“I play football. I play for 90 minutes and you can shout and swear at me as much as you want on the park. But don’t go into detail off the park like that. For me, it’s finished with. It’s about focusing on playing football now and continuing winning games.
“People can just shout and say what they want and think it’s appropriate. It’s always difficult (not to react). Now it’s about getting back to football.”
Credit to Rangers for their swift action on this
We don’t like Rangers and Rangers don’t like us. But there’s a line that simply cannot be crossed regardless of how much of a rivalry supporters want to have with each other.
Rangers as a football club deserve credit for how they conducted themselves here. They banned the supporter for life and apologised personally to Brown. It would’ve been easy for them to cower away and put their fingers in their ears. For that, they deserve credit.
As for Brown himself, he clearly just wants to move on from the incident now. It was a sickener, and it’s clearly something our captain understandably doesn’t like talking about.
He, however, is the man who deserves the most praise for his conduct. How he managed to stay so civil and calm during the incident is anyone’s guess. It’s a video we’re not prepared to share on our page. However, for those who have seen it, you’ll know just how much composure Brown managed to show.
On a more positive note, the captain is looking nice and refreshed. It’s clear he’s had a good break and has his sights set on Hamilton on Saturday.
It’s also looking likely that he’ll start the game too. Lennon earmarked him as one of several players who he’s looking to turn to (Scottish Sun). And for the Celtic captain, he’ll just be delighted to get back to the football.