When Celtic took on Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership match last Sunday, the starting line-up was not what was expected before the game.
Scott Brown, Celtic’s captain for the last nine years of success, was left out of the starting line-up. The Hoops mainstay would have automatically been a starter for a game at Pittodrie you would think. However, Neil Lennon left Brown out of the side.
The Hoops captain did eventually come on in the second-half, but he was unable to prevent the Hoops drawing 3-3.
Bit of a surprise to see player left out of side
Brown hasn’t been at his very best this season it is fair to say. However, the same can be said for much of the Celtic team this season. Few players have really got going. Still, it was a bit of a surprise to see Brown on the bench for such a key game.
Brown was back in the Hoops starting line-up for the Europa League game against Lille. He performed well in helping the team to a creditable draw.
Now Celtic are set to face Aberdeen again, and Neil Lennon will have a decision to make about Scott Brown. This time though, Brown is likely to be in the starting line-up to face Aberdeen.
In such a big game, with Celtic’s ambitions of winning a quadruple treble on the line, you need your big players in the starting line-up.
Experience will be vital for team
Therefore, Brown should get the nod to help the Hoops in the middle of the park. His experience will be vital in helping the Hoops hopefully return to winning ways after four games without a win in all competitions.
Brown can help Celtic control the middle of the park alongside Callum McGregor. That can give Celtic a platform to build on going forward for the game.
Hopefully the Celtic boss will pick the correct team for the semi-final, and that will include Brown in the middle of the park.