As reported by The Evening Times, legendary Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner has criticised Scott Brown for the way he conducted himself as captain during Sunday’s game against Ross County.
In a series of events that’s dominated headlines in Scotland all week, Scott Brown played a pivotal role. When Alex Schalk dived and subsequently won a penalty, the Celtic players were incensed that the decision was given. Minutes later Brown scythed down the scorer of the penalty, Liam Boyce, receiving a red card in the process.
It was a decision the Celtic captain is lucky hasn’t ruled him out of this weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final. Only delays caused by the Easter holidays prevented the SFA hearing his appeal ahead of the clash, meaning that in lodging an appeal, he can now play at Hampden.
Now a Celtic legend has criticise the captain for reacting to the incident and letting a rush of blood to the head have an impact on his game.
As quoted by The Evening Times, Bonner said:
You cannot have an excuse for what he did. He’s the captain, and it’s just a lack of responsibility. I don’t care what’s happened in the game, he’s the one who should be calming the other players down. I know you’re aggrieved by what’s happened, with the penalty and so on. He should have just kept a calm head.
Certainly it’s a view shared by some Celtic fans, who took to Twitter in the aftermath to criticise the Hoops hero.
Moronic from Scott brown. He should know better than to do something stupid like that
— Stephen Richardson (@ritchie1888) April 16, 2017
That is easy the most stupid thing Scott Brown has done ????????????
— Liam Lynch (@Llynch96) April 16, 2017
However some took the opposite view, believing that the tackle on Liam Boyce wasn’t even a red card.
Just seen the Scott brown tackle, never a red card
— Ross McWilliams (@roscoemac) April 16, 2017
That's never a red card for Scott Brown in a million years.Yellow every day of week. Between penalty and sending off that ref has had a mare
— Pete Robertson (@peterobcelt) April 16, 2017
What’s certain is that Scott Brown is going to play a pivotal role for the Hoops on Sunday and supporters everywhere will be delighted he can lead his team out at the national stadium.