May 9, 2021

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Celtic: Scott Brown’s last Old Firm to forget


Celtic’s season has been full of misery. The Hoops have lost their grip on the title and they will end the campaign without a single trophy.

If the Bhoys’ campaign wasn’t dismal enough already, they were absolutely torn apart and demolished by their biggest rivals the Rangers on Sunday night.

For the fourth time this season, Celtic have failed in the Old Firm as they were beaten and bruised in a 4-1 loss to Ibrox.

John Kennedy failed to motivate a team that were boosted by the return of James Forrest in what was an embarrassing performance, one that sums up why a new manager can’t be hired quickly enough.

Sadly, it also demonstrated why Scott Brown’s exit was long overdue.

The midfielder heads to Aberdeen as a player-coach at the end of the season and after his performance on Sunday it will be a timely start.

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After all, Brown hasn’t competed in the races for a while now and his legs seem to have let him down. He’s slow, slow, and lets players walk past him like he’s not even there.

Put sentimentality aside and it’s hard to see why the 35-year-old is even on the squad. He was trailed on time against the Rangers this weekend, having had fewer touches (26) of the ball than goaltender Scott Bain (51). He also lost 71% of his duels.

There have been several occasions when Brown has been horribly beaten in their beating at Ibrox. He made up to three fouls, knocking down Ryan Kent twice in the first half and also knocking down Joe Aribo recklessly.

He was ultimately beaten by Ryan Kent who passed the veteran to a player who no longer belonged to the top. For his role in the defensive phases of the game, ACSOM host Paul John Dykes said he was “absolutely skinned”.

It’s rare for Brown to let the opposition gain the upper hand in physical battles, but that says a lot about his dwindling game as he only won two tackles in this weekend’s Old Firm. He was specifically responsible for the Rangers’ second goal.

He stood clear of Alfredo Morelos who then put the nutmeg scotch and fired a devastating effort into the roof of the net.

Speaking full time, Dykes launched a scathing assault on player: “He shouldn’t have been close to the pitch and he shouldn’t have been close to the pitch in recent months.”

Dikes added: “All season, he has been far.”

This game was the tip of the iceberg for Brown, as he could also have done more to prevent the towering header from Kemar Roofe. The Scotland international was caught looking at the ball, which allowed the forward to rush into the penalty area without any opposition.

Unfortunately, he put in a mediocre performance like this for the vast majority of the campaign; it must be time for Ismaila Soro to have a series of matches.

AND in other news, Lennon will have every right to go after Desmond after a big Celtic manager update …