Scott Brown jumps to defence of his manager
CELTIC captain Scott Brown fought his manager’s corner yesterday, claiming that everything Neil Lennon says is blown out of proportion.
Lennon has been written to three times in recent weeks by the SFA’s compliance officer Vincent Lunny to explain comments made about referees, and when asked if the point had been reached where players and managers could not speak about referees, Brown said: “You can’t say anything about anybody or it goes to the SFA. It is extremely difficult. If he [Lennon] says one word, it gets blown out of proportion.”
Celtic can clinch the title tomorrow if Rangers fail to beat Motherwell today, and Brown was unimpressed by Kyle Lafferty’s claim that Rangers are still the best team in Scotland, made in wake of the Ibrox team’s 3-2 win in the Old Firm game at home last week.
Brown said: “Let him concentrate on whatever he wants to say, the main thing is we keep continuing at this club and doing well and looking forward to picking up the league trophy.”
Asked if those comments would be used as a motivational tool, the Scotland international replied: “No, not in the slightest, I don’t think we will pay attention. People have their opinions, let them say what they want.”
Brown also dismissed the opinion of former Celtic striker, now pundit, Charlie Nicholas, who told one newspaper that Lennon has become an “embarrassment” to the club while taking deserved credit away from the players.
“Charlie can say what he wants as well, he’s a big enough boy,” said Brown. “I’m sure he wouldn’t like people saying that about him so I don’t know why he is starting to chirp up as well.
“I think he [Lennon] has done a wonderful job.
“At one point we were 15 points behind and we are 18 points in front so I don’t know how anyone can criticise him.”
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