It was only a day ago when Scott Brown was saying that he would almost certainly be okay for Saturday’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibernian.

The 34-year-old was replaced midway through the second-half of our 2-0 win over St. Mirren on Wednesday. Many feared the worst with Brown substitutions being a real rarity of late. But then the skipper calmed all those fears pretty simply a day later.

“I’m okay,” he told the BBC on Thursday. “I’m at the stage where I know my body and know when I need to come off.


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“I came off just as a little bit of a precaution. We made that sub just in time before something bad ends up happening.

“I managed to train today. I went to the physios and all was good.”

Lennon: Brown is doubtful for Hibernian

However, all doesn’t seem to be good a day later. Neil Lennon certainly doesn’t think all is good with regards to the midfielder as he declared him “doubtful” for the Hampden match.

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“Browny is struggling,” Lennon told Sky Sports on Friday.

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“We will have to assess him in the morning. It is too early to say but you have to say he is doubtful.”

You wonder exactly what has gone down in the past 24 hours for Brown to now be considered a doubt. Perhaps the most obvious explanation is that he struggled a little during Friday’s training.

Brown could also have been talking out of turn on Thursday. He is the typical kind to declare himself fit when he could probably do his body a favour by letting the experts decide.

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If he isn’t 100% for the game then Lennon will have a decision to make. There’s an argument that we’ve not got a great deal to gain from risking the veteran. We have the likes of Ryan Christie and Olivier Ntcham who could slot into his position effortlessly so hopefully Lennon considers that when making his call.

All will become very clear come half 4 on Saturday afternoon.

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