Scott Brown set for return vs Celtic after being dropped by Aberdeen boss

By David Walton

February 7, 2022

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has explained why he dropped Scott Brown against Livingston as he addressed whether his captain would play against Celtic.

Brown has been a stalwart for the Dons in what’s been a struggling debut campaign under the Glass regime. Celtic go into Wednesday night’s meeting with Aberdeen under huge pressure and sitting in the bottom six.

Brown has still featured 29 times for the Pittodrie club this season in his own maiden season as a player coach [Transfermarkt]. Yet Glass decided to drop the Celtic legend for their 2-1 defeat to Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday.

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Glass has explained that decision and has stated whether the player will be available for Celtic’s visit in just over 48 hours.

As quoted by the Press and Journal, the Dons boss said: “We need to protect him as he is 36 years old. There is going to come a stage when he can’t play every week. We felt that today (Livingston) was the stage that he couldn’t play every week. I’m not going to stand and say it was clever in resting him or anything like that. He needed a break.

“Yes, he should be [available to face Celtic]. Obviously we then have Motherwell (Scottish Cup), St Johnstone, Motherwell, so there are a lot of games coming up that we need everyone to be available for.”

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Scott Brown vs Celtic will never not be intriguing

Brown has already come up against Celtic on 2 occasions this season. For those of a pessimistic mindset that believed he would consistently come back to haunt us, they’ve certainly been proven wrong so far. Indeed, the Hoops have ran out winners in both meetings this term.

The iconic former Hoops skipper nearly netted against us in our big 2-1 win at Pittodrie – a fixture that ushered in the first wave of positivity under Ange Postecoglou. The second success was another big 2-1 victory at Celtic Park in which a freak Callum McGregor goal won the day.

But what we’ve seen in both of those matches is Brown’s battling spirit and determination. There will be those of a rival persuasion that believe Broony simply isn’t trying against the Bhoys. That the 2 defeats are signs that he isn’t pulling his weight or trying anywhere near as much as he does against Rangers.

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However, just because they’ve failed to beat the Dons this season is more a sign of their struggles and lack of ability than it is about Brown being selective in who he performs against.

If Scott lines up for Glass’ side tomorrow, we’ll be up against one of Scottish football’s most famous warriors. The kind of player who simply doesn’t accept losing regardless of the opposition.

From a Celtic perspective, it’s a case of bring it on as we look to continue our rip-roaring momentum. The Scottish Premiership title is in our sights this season, and we can’t let anyone stand in our way from here on in.

In other news, Pat Bonner lauds the second-half Ange Postecoglou tweak that “improved” Celtic at Fir Park