Chris Sutton has given an interesting verdict on a recent story of a heated training ground exchange at Celtic. Hoops loanee Daniel Arzani told of a tale featuring club captain Scott Brown and exciting youngster Armstrong Oko-Flex. (Scottish Sun)
The Aussie said that 17-year-old Oko-Flex had tried to nutmeg Brown, before being “crunched” as a result. An unnamed coach also got involved and told the teenager that he shouldn’t try it again for fear of punishment.
Now, Celtic legend Sutton has added his opinion in typical fashion. The Englishman says he found the incident funny and explained that it’s the kind of thing that goes on everywhere.
What did he say?
Sutton wrote in his Daily Record column: “I had to laugh when I saw some of the reaction to the Celtic youngster getting smashed by Scott Brown for nutmegging the captain.
“Not only is it no big deal – it’s brilliant to see.
“It’s a rite of passage for young players to get done by the seniors when they try to take the mickey and it happens every week in training up and down the country. It always has.”
The ugly side
Fans love to pretend that their club’s players get on 24/7 and that training sessions are a walk in the park. The truth is that emotions often run high between players and altercations do take place.
Sutton spoke about the rite of passage for youngsters and that still exists today. The days of aspiring kids cleaning the boots of first-team players are gone but they still have to learn from the seasoned pros.
Brown’s response to Oko-Flex may take the teenager down a peg or two and that’s not always a bad thing. He’ll now realise that he’s got a bit to go yet until he becomes a player who can hang around with the first-team.
Being a professional footballer isn’t a walk in the park and the youngster will realise that now. You need more than just talent to survive.