SCOTT BROWN insists opponents are wasting their time attempting to wind him up.

The Celtic skipper was involved in a controversial incident with Hearts’ Steven Naismith in the Hoops’ 3-1 win at Tynecastle on Sunday.

Brown looked to have been tackled high and late by the former Scotland midfielder – a challenge that was brought to the attention of SFA compliance officer Tony McGlennan who could yet issue a two-game ban, at least.

Referee Bobby Madden took no action on the ex-Rangers star, but Parkhead boss Brendan Rodgers claimed he had got away with a “shocking challenge” on his player.

It was just one of a series of tackles on the 32-year-old that have been highlighted this season with Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove given a straight red card for a lunge at Brown at Pittodrie in February.

The following month, Ross County skipper Andrew Davies was sent off for a stamp on the former Scotland captain while Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre also saw red in the goalless draw at Fir Park in March, but that was downgraded to a booking.

Reflecting on Naismith’s wayward tackle in Edinburgh, Brown said: “It was a bit late. He says there was nothing in it but looking back, it was a bit late.

“I think everyone thinks I am a hard tackler and I launch myself into every tackle. But now I sit in front of the back four and pass the ball and break up play but fairly.

“I think they try to wind me up and get me sent off, but, let’s be honest, I am past that stage and have matured eventually.

“So, it is not going to work.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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