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BROWN ADMITS CONCERN AT PITCH INVADERS

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CELTIC skipper Scott Brown fears a player could be assaulted by a pitch invader in the wake of recent crowd problems that are blighting the Scottish game, as Scotzine  reported yesterday.

The 33-year-old former Scotland international midfielder watched as a glass bottle was thrown in the direction of his Hoops team-mate Scott Sinclair from a section housing Hibs fans in last Saturday’s 2-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final triumph over the Edinburgh outfit at Easter Road.

And there was a controversial incident at the same ground on Friday night in Rangers’ 1-1 draw when Ibrox captain James Tavernier found himself face to face with a moron who had jumped out of the home support before being led away.

Police later confirmed a 21-year-old man had been arrested.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS…a bottle bounces beside the foot of Scott Sinclair as he prepares to take a corner-kick.

The Edinburgh side’s chief executive Leeann Dempster admitted no action had been ruled out after being asked whether her club could close the section of the stadium.

In May 2017, in a game against Gers at Ibrox, a fan tried to confront Brown and the experienced campaigner, speaking to Sky, admitted: “You just don’t realise it is happening when someone runs up to you.

“Lucky enough they don’t have something to hit you with because that is going to be the next thing.

“Here’s hoping that doesn’t happen.”

Asked about the potential damage to the reputation of Scottish football, Brown answered: “Especially when someone is getting a bottle of Buckfast thrown at them.

“If that hits someone on the head then the game ends up getting called off. You don’t want to see that. You don’t want to see people getting hurt.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS…a thug is led away by police after confronting Gers skipper James Tavernier at Easter Road.

“I wouldn’t say it is player safety. I have felt safe going on the park, especially at Celtic Park, and going away from home I have felt safe every single game that I have been involved in.

“It is up to individuals and it is hard to stop individuals.”

Brown saw the champions lose their 100 per cent home league record in the goalless draw against Aberdeen in the east end of Glasgow yesterday.

However, the Hoops are still eight points clear at the top of the Premiership as they zero in on their eighth successive crown.

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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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