Strachan's Brown title blow comment has irked Hugh Keevins but former Celtic boss is right

By John McGinley

March 13, 2022

When Gordon Strachan commented this week that Scott Brown has had a say in the title race between Celtic and Rangers this season despite playing for Aberdeen, he was spot on.

Strachan told The Daily Record: “It will be interesting to see what Scott does from here but if you look back at his career there were some great goals, great passes, great tackles. Even this season at Aberdeen he scored that diving header at Ibrox against Rangers. So he’s still helping even now by taking two points off Rangers!”

Typically light-hearted from the former Celtic manager. But he seems to have irked Sunday Mail columnist Hugh Keevins who, in melodramatic fashion, crowed about having the independence to point out Strachan is wrong.

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Keevins wrote: “Born into the green half of Glasgow but not green enough for those who dislike negative comment about their club. Born into the green half of the city and therefore instantly unacceptable to the blue half on a matter of principle.

“I serve as an independent, able to say what I like – such as disagreeing with Gordon Strachan when he says that Scott Brown’s goal against Rangers at Ibrox in a draw last October was a potential title-winner. That’s daft.

“Does that mean if Rangers win the league it’s Giorgos Giakoumakis’ fault because he missed a penalty in a draw with Livingston at Celtic Park on Saturday, October 30? Of course not.”

The thing is – Brown has absolutely been a thorn in the side of Rangers this season and it may have helped Celtic to the tune of four points, not two.

Sure, his header at Ibrox is the most direct example, but his absolute bodying of the Ibrox side at Pittodrie is another. That was the match Rangers were left so fuming about Brown’s ‘conduct’ that they sent a letter to the Scottish FA.

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Rangers’ players couldn’t deal with him in the draw that night. In fact, their only good result against the Dons this season came recently when Brown wasn’t in the team. Is that a coincidence? Some may say so, but Brown knows how to compete against them and that can’t be discounted.

At the same time, Aberdeen have been no problem for the Bhoys with Ange Postecoglou’s team winning three from three with Brown in the Dons side.

While he may not be the rampaging captain of Celtic anymore, he’s still managed to put a smile on our faces and impact the outcome of crucial points this term. That’s good enough for me, even if not for Keevins!

In other news, Ange Postecoglou’s latest one-liner shuts down Celtic hype.