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McCOIST BLAST AT BROWN

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BT SPORT’s pundit Ally McCoist last night insisted that Scott Brown could have been sent off in Celtic’s 4-1 win at Hamilton.

The Hoops skipper was involved in a first-half incident with Accies defender Ioannis Skondras that left the Greek holding his face.

McCoist called the action from the Parkhead star “daft”, but Brown played it down and claimed he wasn’t aware of any wrongdoing which was overlooked by referee Don Robertson.

The former Ibrox gaffer, at the game as part of BT Sport’s line-up, viewed the incident and said: “Scott’s been showing a great level of maturity recently, but he flicks out and catches the player.

“It’s stupidity, just daft, isn’t it?

“You’re three up at half-time, the game’s in the bag, you’re cruising and looking forward to Tuesday and facing a world-class team.

“So why would you get involved? Scott’s been playing great and out of his skin at club and international level and you give the referee the opportunity to give you a red card.”

Brown, though, admitted he didn’t know what the fuss was about.

Asked about the clash with the defender, he replied: “I didn’t even notice, to be fair.

“He kind of bumped me and I fell.

“He was moaning for touching him in the face. I don’t know. It was with my elbow, he said.”

Brown was a lot happier to talk about the side’s performance while welcoming back Patrick Roberts for a second loan spell at the champions.

He added: “We’re delighted to have him back. He was missing in the pre-season, of course, and I’m sure he enjoyed his holiday.

“Let’s hope he’ll score a few goals for us this season.

“This is a hard place to visit with the astrotruf pitch.

“It’s not great and it’s bobbly and bumpy, but we got the job done.”

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