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BROWN SLAMS HAMPDEN DECISION

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FORMER Scotland international skipper Scott Brown has slammed the SFA’s decision to remain at Hampden.

And the Celtic midfielder insisted the national stadium was “one of the worst for atmosphere”.

Brown, 33, was not impressed with yesterday’s announcement the governing body will buy Hampden from Queen’s Park for £5million instead of moving to Murrayfield.

The 55-times capped Hoops star said: “Hampden is possibly one of the worst stadiums I have played in for atmosphere.

“For Scotland, I think we should be playing at Celtic Park, Ibrox, then the smaller games – when you only get 17,000 – should be at Hibs and Hearts.

“The bigger games could be at Murrayfield. We have some great stadiums here, but we choose to use the wrong stadium for a football match.”

ALL SMILES…Kieran Tierney and Scott Brown after the game against Malta at Hampden last year. Pic: Geo.

The night before the decision, a crowd of only 17,000 turned out to watch Scotland bet Albania 2-0 in their UEFA Nations League opener.

Brown added: “They need to start that stadium all over again. When they built it, it was built for a running track.

“You’re not going to get the fans and noise that scare the opposing players. It’s easy for them to turn up – big open pitch, hardly any fans, it’s hard for the players.

“You play at Celtic Park, Ibrox, Tynecastle and you have the atmosphere there and that’s what makes the opponents scared to come there and play.”

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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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