Celtic captain Scott Brown has refused to be drawn into the debate surrounding Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos this week, speaking in a pre-match press conference on Tuesday (Celtic TV YouTube).
The Ibrox striker was sent off with a second yellow card against Motherwell on Sunday after making a gesture towards the Steelmen’s supporters, when celebrating another Scottish Premiership goal.
The incident led to some comparing what happened to Brown celebrating a derby victory over Steven Gerrard’s side in April.
However, pundits such as Michael Stewart have noted that there’s a massive difference between what happened at Celtic Park then and at Fir Park this week (The Scottish Sun).
Clearly looking to bring Brown’s own comments into the debate, a reporter asked: “Scott, Alfredo Morelos was given a second yellow card for over-celebrating, what’s your thoughts on excessive celebrations?”
However, before the journalist could even finish his sentence, Brown interrupted with: “Not answering that.”
Upon hearing the rest of the query, Brown laughed and shut the question down, stating: “Next.”
You can see the moment below, starting at 4:21.
Captain correct to avoid this one
The last thing Brown will be wanting this week is to be splashed all over the back pages talking about Rangers so he has very smartly dodged this query and made it clear he isn’t even going to entertain a comparison.
If he had come out and criticised Morelos or referenced his own style of celebration then no doubt it would have sparked even further debate.
What happened in Motherwell has absolutely nothing to do with Brown nor Celtic.
Our full focus must be on beating Hearts at Tynecastle on Wednesday night, a venue that can be difficult for Celtic to pick up all three points at.
Hopefully, Brown’s playing form is as good as his media form this week.