Scott Brown was speaking to the media today ahead of tomorrow evening’s match at Celtic Park against Kilmarnock. And the main talking point was the latest assault on the Celtic captain, this time by the former Rangers attacker Steven Naismith, whose nasty lunge at Brown is currently being investigated by the SFA’s Compliance Officer.
“It was a bit late. He says there was nothing in it but looking back, it was a bit late,” Broony admitted.
“I think everyone thinks I am a hard tackler and I launch myself into every tackle. But no, I sit in front of the back four and pass the ball and break up play but fairly.
“I think they try to wind me up and get me sent off but let’s be honest I am past that stage and have matured eventually. So it is not going to work.”
What else isn’t going to work is for that Ibrox confidence trickster Dave King to have any impact on Celtic despite his crazy utterings at his press briefing yesterday – see HERE.
Since starting The Celtic Star we have not been troubled by “contact” from the walking dead from across the city but today, well they have been out in force and outraged that we dared to hit back at what Dave King said yesterday.
You sense that they are thinking what the Celtic sites have been saying all day and are getting a little hot under the collar about it all. Dear knows how James Forrest (the blogger, not the player) puts up with these bams on an ongoing basis!
Knowing James though it will be water off a ducks back…
Anyway Brendan Rodgers, who also spoke to the media today, was inevitably asked to respond to King’s crazy comments, more a pack of lies than a pack of cards…
“We’re defined by what we do, not on anyone else. It is something I’ve always said: ‘Can we be the best that we can be?’
“We do that by having a strategy off the pitch that allows us on the field to work with players, make them better, and, hopefully, win as many games as we can.
“We always respect every team, but I am not one to be looking over the garden fence at anyone else.
“We have to be defined by what we do and I couldn’t be happier with the way the club is developing and improving, but we always have to be better.
“You always have to be aware of your competitors, you can’t be naive enough to not understand and have a little think of what the others are doing.
“But it is not something that is at the forefront of my mind. My focus is very much on our club.”
While the media were busy asking about Dave King, they forgot to ask about another man who has been doing serious damage to the Ibrox club over the past two seasons.
They might have asked about Tom Rogic – who has scored four goals against King’s “best team in the country” this season. They might have asked about his ongoing contract situation and maybe they would have got themselves a story.
Because it looks like the big Australian genius is entering the final year of his current contract and negotiations have been on-going.
It was assumed that he was planning on waiting until after the World Cup in the summer before weighing up his options but Celtic have been active and there could be good news just around the corner.
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