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‘BROWN’S RETURN GOOD NEWS FOR SCOTS,’ LENNON

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HIBS boss Neil Lennon insists his former Celtic captain Scott Brown’s decision to come out of international retirement is a massive boost for Scotland.

The 31-year-old midfielder is set to make a dramatic comeback for the November 11 World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley after announcing that he would step back from Scotland duty in August.unspecified-171

Lennon said: “I would think that having Scott back in the Scotland squad and playing the way he is would be huge fillip for the squad, for the fans and for Gordon Strachan, as well.

“He probably looked at last season when he was picking up injuries and playing with injuries, it was taking its toll on him, but he looks really fresh this season and is playing very, very well – far more like the Scott we know.

“He played brilliantly for me for a number of seasons and it looks like he’s back to playing that way again.

“I think the majority of the players will know him and will probably welcome him back with open arms because he’s playing with a presence and a drive and I think that’s probably been missing a little bit from the Scotland team.”

Brown, who has been replaced as Scots captain by West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher, returns to a national team that has made a stuttering start to their Group F qualifying campaign, but Lennon insists the 50-times capped player can inspire a turnaround in the side’s fortunes.unspecified-172

Strachan’s men have only picked up four points from three games following the win over Malta, the draw with Lithuania and the defeat in Slovakia.

Lennon added: “I didn’t see the Lithuania game, but, by all accounts, Scotland should have won.

“Whether Scott’s input might have made a difference, I don’t know, but certainly the Slovakia game, having him in there might have made a difference in terms of being that little bit more solid in midfield.”

One former Scotland international player has come out and stand that it is a bad decision to welcome Brown back into the Scotland squad .

Former Rangers striker Derek Johnstone, speaking on his radio show last night, told the audience that he is against Brown returning because the Celtic captain had let his country down by retiring ahead of the World Cup campaign. Johnstone stated that Scotland needed the midfielder in the matches against Lithuania at Hampden which ended 1-1 and the subsequent 3-0 away defeat to Slovakia.

 

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