Celtic manager Neil Lennon revealed yesterday that Scott Brown will be a surprise inclusion in his squad for this afternoon’s Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against St Johnstone.
The champions will be presented with their SPL trophy at full-time but there will be a welcome sight before kick-off, too, when Brown comes out to warm-up.
The Scotland midfielder underwent surgery to solve an abductor problem in March and it was thought he could be out for the rest of the season, but he could make an appearance at some point today with a view to playing in the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Hibernian at Hampden in a fortnight’s time.
“Brown will be in the squad with a view to playing at some stage tomorrow,” said Lennon. “His rehab has gone really well, we are delighted with that. “He has been training the last week to ten days so he just needs football now.
“Obviously with Beram Kayal and Victor Wanyama being suspended [for the cup final], if we can get him up to speed then it is a timely boost for us.”
Lennon also confirmed that he has been taking a look at 26-year-old French defender Steven Mouyokolo, formerly of Hull and Wolverhampton Wanderers. “We have only had him in for two or three days,” he said. “I knew about Steven from his time at Hull and Wolves and I liked him then. He has had a few injury setbacks in the last year or so but the opportunity came to have a look at him and that’s exactly what we are doing at the minute.”
After all the talk about David Moyes and Everton yesterday, Lennon was glad to get back to talking about football in Scotland and the visit of St Johnstone and subsequent trophy presentation. “It is going to be very special,” he said. “It is a very significant day for the players, the supporters and myself and I want them to enjoy it.”
St Johnstone are unbeaten in three games against Celtic in the SPL this season and beat them at McDiarmid Park in September, but manager Steve Lomas has warned his players that record counts for nothing today. He said. “We did well in those games but this is a different match. We have to be on top of our game, we have to be resolute and we have to play with high energy, and if we get chances then we have to take them.”