Player of the weekend: Celtic captain Scott Brown earns Sergio Ramos comparisons after causing Rangers to capitulate in fiery Old Firm clash

1 Apr

Scott Brown may be one of the most divisive figures in British football, but there is no denying he is effective.

The Celtic skipper was at his antagonistic and brilliant best during Sunday’s Old Firm clash at home, which saw the Bhoys emerge as 2-1 winners.

After tangling with Alfredo Morelos in the first half, Brown’s reaction saw the Colombia international receive his fifth red card of the season.

And when James Forrest struck the decisive winner late on, it was the 33-year-old who was again on the deck after triggering a reaction from Ryan Kent.

It may be deemed as the ‘ugly side’ of football, but gamesmanship and mind games are as much a part of fierce derbies as goals and assists.

And when it comes to winding the opposition up, there are few better in the world than the midfielder.

Brown was hailed on social media as being ‘Better than Sergio Ramos’ at winding opposition players up

Technically speaking, Brown was assured on the pitch when the ball was in play as well.

Celtic had 59 per cent possession throughout the game, with Brown dictating play for the hosts from his traditional deep-lying role.

Halliday was given a second yellow card for his part in the scuffle at the end of the Old Firm derby

It may not be the most glamorous role, but the midfielder is a master of disrupting the opposition – using their emotion against them as just for good measure he had a part in Andy Halliday receiving his marching orders, the Rangers midfielder having taken exception to Brown celebrating in front of the away fans.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard even acknowledged his side had been duped, citing their ill-discipline as the cause for their downfall at Celtic Park.

He told Sky Sports: “You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise. Morelos and [Ryan] Kent are both provoked. Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your face, Halliday has the right to protect his own people.

“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.

“We’ve hurt ourselves badly this season with a lack of discipline. I’ve given my players the benefit of the doubt on too many times.”

As a result of his performance, Scott Brown is talkSPORT.com‘s Player of the Weekend.

Scott Brown is talkSPORT.com’s Player of the Weekend

Scott Brown says Rangers midfielder Andy Halliday wanted to ‘congratulate me’ at full-time of Old Firm derby at Celtic Park

31 Mar

Scott Brown played down the full-time scuffle that broke out after Celtic beat Rangers.

It was an action-packed Old Firm derby, which the league leaders won 2-1 to move 13 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Morelos did not react well to his red card at Celtic Park and had some words for Brown

And Brown was involved in three controversial moments at Celtic Park.

First, he was elbowed by Alfredo Morelos in an off the ball incident, leading to the striker receiving a red card – his fifth of the season.

“You can’t do that in modern day football, especially with all the cameras around, but today is about us,” the skipper said after the game, as he tried to bring the focus back on to his team-mates’ success.

However, quizzed about the incident in which Ryan Kent raised his hand and caught Brown in the face during the second half, the captain said he didn’t remember it, before being asked about the scuffle at full-time when Andy Halliday appeared to angrily confront him.

“Oh, he came up to congratulate me,” Brown explained without a hint of a smile.

Halliday was shown a yellow card shortly before the game ended, but was then shown another after the final whistle for his role in the melee, which is believed to have started when he took exception to Brown celebrating the win in front of Rangers’ fans.

Brown said Halliday was trying to congratulate him for Celtic’s win

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was not impressed either.

“You’re playing against a player who loves to antagonise,” he said afterwards. “Morelos and Kent are both provoked.

“Celtic fans have the right to celebrate but to do it right in your race, Halliday has the right to protect his own people.

“The guy who antagonised it all from the beginning deserves to be punished as well. When you’re provoked, it’s only fair that both sides get punished in my view.”

Halliday was given a second yellow card for his part in the scuffle at the end of the Old Firm derby