Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes has accused Celtic captain Scott Brown of deliberately targeting his ankle with a rough tackle in the closing stages of Saturday’s match at Celtic Park, The Scottish Sun report.
The Scottish champions were in fine form against the West Lothian side, scoring four goals and maintaining our spot at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
It was a far cry from the previous meeting between the two sides this season when Livi managed to beat us 2-0 with a physical display on their own patch.
Dykes is undoubtedly one of their best players and seems to relish that kind of physical game.
It appears though he’s not the most gracious loser and has fired a rather unfair accusation at our captain for a challenge that Brown received a booking for.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Most tackles were fine. The worst was Scott Brown on my ankle at the end.
“I think he went in to do it on purpose. It’s the type of player he is and I had nothing against him.
“After the game I shook his hand. In the first half there was a 50-50 and I got him one then he got me one.”
Uncompromising but not malicious
Let’s not get it wrong, Brown is often uncompromising with his challenges and refuses to give an inch to his foes for the day. That’s the nature of his play and part of the reason he’s both so popular at Celtic Park and so disliked by opposition fans.
However, the notion he would set out to deliberately target someone’s ankle, potentially causing serious injury, is very harsh.
Dykes admits he shook Brown’s hand at the end of the game, so clearly he didn’t feel so strongly as to have an issue. Why then go to the papers and complain? Why would Brown try to do the ankle of a player in the final minutes of a match we were comfortably winning?
For me, it’s a little unprofessional to accuse others of trying to injure you, especially when he admits he holds nothing back himself.
Brown can often be the pantomime villain of Scottish football on the pitch. On occasion, he even plays up to it. However, in this case, he’s been painted unfairly.