Scott Brown: SPFL should be helping Celtic because we’re in Europe

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Scott Brown has called on the SPFL to have a look at the fixtures as the Celtic skipper prepares to lead his side into a match against Motherwell for the third time in seven days.

Celtic faced the Steelmen in Sunday’s Betfred Cup final last week, before making the trip to Fir Park for a league match on Wednesday night and will host Stephen Robinson’s side for a third time at Parkhead tomorrow.

Scott Brown and Motherwell's Cedric Kipre exchange words at full time after the 1-1 draw at Fir Park. Picture: SNS Group

Scott Brown and Motherwell's Cedric Kipre exchange words at full time after the 1-1 draw at Fir Park. Picture: SNS Group

And while Brown accepts that the fixtures are building up, he feels the SPFL could do more to make life easier.

He told the Herald: “After winning a cup, you play the same team two-and-a-half days later. It shouldn’t really happen.

“If you asked Motherwell or ourselves, we would want some time off after a cup final. As the winners, you would like time to enjoy it - not to be thrown right in at the deep end again against the same opponent.

“We could play more games at the end of January or towards the end of the season, before the split. There will be plenty of time.”

And insisting he ‘wasn’t surprised’ by the way the fixtures have fallen ‘because it’s the SPFL’, Brown added: “There was no explanation given. If you look at our schedule all the way through December as well, for [the SPFL] to throw an extra game in for us? They are supposed to be helping us as well.”

Brown, who will captain Celtic when they face Anderlecht in Glasgow next week in their final Champions League group B match, feels the SPFL should be doing more to help the Hoops out.

“You would think they would try and help us out with our Champions League game coming up next week, because it’s good for Scottish football if we do well,” Brown said.

“We don’t get a lot of time off in the summer, so if they could make a bit easier around the European fixtures, it would be much appreciated.”