Celtic skipper Scott Brown was his usual fiery self as he spoke to the media earlier at Lennoxtown.
The veteran Hoops midfielder, who put in another imperious display in the midweek victory over Kilmarnock, never fails to put the press in their place when he feels they’ve stepped out of line.
From his infamous “dunno” interview while playing for Hibernian, to the response to a recent Alfredo Morelos question we told you about, Brown is never shy when put in front of a microphone.
And today was no different as he shot down a reporter asking about Celtic players moving on to “bigger and better things”.
“I wouldn’t say bigger and better,” he said whilst smirking. (Official Celtic YouTube channel)
“I was waiting on somebody saying that. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think a lot of people have got to remember that.
“But the English Premier League has got a lot of pull, it’s got a lot of money. And sometimes you can’t compete with that.”
Brown is right to stand up for the club against the media
Wouldn’t we all love to know who Brown was referring to with his “lot of people” remark.
Was it a number of the players who have left the club in recent years? The likes of Moussa Dembele and Kieran Tierney perhaps?
Probably not, but isn’t it great to speculate?
The skipper is spot on to pull up the journo for the ill-informed remark. Many players may go on to better things, in terms of the standard of football, but few will play for bigger clubs.
Celtic average a higher weekly gate than the likes of Southampton and Lyon, while they also have a far more illustrious history both domestically and in Europe.
Perhaps Virgil Van Dijk and Henrik Larsson are the only two players this century who have left the club to go on and play consistently for perceived bigger clubs.
Given that we’ve had hundreds of players since 2000, that’s pretty telling.
Brown speaks from experience. He has stayed at the club for over a decade when he undoubtedly had chances to move on.
Not only does he talk the talk, but he’s also walked the walk. It will be a sad day when he retires.