SCOTT BROWN thumped in his first goal in two years in the 5-0 Scottish Cup thrashing of St Johnstone at Parkhead yesterday.

And the Celtic skipper admitted it has been so long since his last strike against Inverness Caley Thistle in another Cup-tie in February 2017 he had forgotten how to celebrate!

The 33-year-old midfield inspiration lashed home his side’s second goal – a 25-yard howitzer that screamed high into the top left-hand corner of Zander Clark’s net.

BROWN’S BELTER…Celtic skipper Scott Brown (extreme right) blasts in his first goal in two years.

Brown downplayed his wonder strike before admitting it was such a rare occurrence he didn’t even know how to react.

He said: “Yeah, it was lovely, but for me it was just about getting through to the next round.

“We did our job professionally and kept another clean sheet, so the run continues.

“I forgot how to celebrate, but here’s hoping for a few more.”

FIRST OF THE HAT-TRICK…Scott Sinclair slams in an angled shot to leave Zander Clark helpless.

NUMBER TWO…Sinclair thumps in Oliver Burke’s right-wing cross from close range.

NUMBER THREE…Sinclair completes the trio with a neat finish after some clever footwork.

The landslide triumph – the Hoops’ fifth win over the Perth outfit this season – was also a new Scottish record with Brendan Rodgers’ men winning 24 successive domestic Cup games.

It also keeps the Parkhead outfit on track for an unprecedented treble treble with the League Cup already won for the third consecutive campaign, the team on top of the Premiership with a six-point advantage and in the national Cup quarter-final draw this evening after the Ross County v Inverness Caley Thistle tie.

Brown was also quick to praise the quality in Rodgers’ first team squad.

FORREST ON FIRE…Hoops winger James Forrest is congratulated by Jonny Hayes after scoring the team’s third goal.

He added: “For us, seven trophies out of seven show the relentless attitude from every single person in the squad.

“Whether people have been playing or not playing, they come in and show their qualities and our fitness levels have gone through the roof.”

Scott Sinclair was the hat-trick hero against the Saints while James Forrest chipped in with the other goal, his sixth against Tommy Wright’s team this term.

Rodgers is now preparing his players for the visit of Valencia for Thursday night’s Europa League encounter with the return at the Mestalla seven days later.


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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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