Neil Lennon correct to defend Scott Brown exuberance

By John Reid

December 21, 2019

Scott Brown certainly seems to be in the news a lot. By his standards, the Celtic captain had a quiet game in the recent 2-0 win over Hearts, but that didn’t stop the Tynecastle side’s Loic Damour from claiming to the Evening News that Brown ‘plays like the referee.’

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has come to Brown’s defence, as you would expect.

“He’s entitled to do that sometimes”

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“Look, the comments are ridiculous…he hasn’t been sent off and I don’t recall any bad challenges from him. There’s been a bit of giving it back after games but I think he’s entitled to do that sometimes” Lennon told the Daily Record.

There is nothing more to be said about Damour’s comments, but Lennon’s comments about ‘giving it back’ after the game are interesting.

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He is right to defend Brown’s ability to do that. After the recent Betfred Cup Final win over Rangers, Brown mimicked a celebration that Scott Arfield did after Rangers defeated 1-0 Celtic last season.

There is nothing wrong with doing that, as Arfield’s original celebration seemed to mock Brown, although the player claimed otherwise. Also, the majority of Celtic fans would have loved Brown’s celebration, which is the most important thing.

“You win games and people celebrate. It is an emotional day and people will always want to win. They celebrated, and we just had to continue” Brown told the Daily Record back in March.

Football games are emotional Brown says, and players should be able to celebrate how they want, as long as it doesn’t incite the crowd.

Player’s celebrations just adds to drama

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Having a humorous dig at an opponent is fine though, and Lennon is right to defend Brown on that. It all adds to the drama of the occasion, especially when it is a Glasgow derby.

Scott Brown has been one of the most talked about players in Scottish football over the last decade. That doesn’t seem like changing, even as he comes towards the end of what has been a trophy-laden career.

No doubt there will be more talk about Brown after the Glasgow derby next Sunday. Hopefully if the Hoops win the game, his celebrations after the game are as passionate and boisterous as usual.