CELTIC’S on-loan frontman Timothy Weah has praised skipper Scott Brown and claimed he is a “leader of men”.
The charismatic American backed up the Hoops captain and insisted he did nothing wrong to merit a possible ban following the aftermatch fracas after the champions’ 2-1 win over Rangers at Parkhead on Sunday.
Brown and Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard have both been hit with SFA disciplinary charges in the fall-out of unruly scenes at the end of an explosive confrontation that saw the former Scotland international midfielder ELBOWED in the face by controversial Colombian Alfredo Morelos who was dismissed for the FIFTH time this season while picking up an automatic four-game suspension.
And Brown was in the wars again in the immediate aftermath of James Forrest’s winning goal in the 85th minnute when he was PUNCHED on the jaw by the Gers’ on-loan Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, who copped a two-match ban for his assault.
Both clubs have also been cited relating to the confrontation immediately after Celtic’s victory, which extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to 13 points.
THE CELTIC WEAH…Hoops teenager Timothy Weah heads in the opening goal against St Mirren in midweek.
The Hoops captain – who appeared to raise his arms in triumph in the direction of the travelling support – has been accused of breaching a rule which states players, coaches and officials should “act in the best interests of association football”.
Rule 77 also references “improper” behaviour and using “threatening, abusive, indecent or insulting words or behaviour” and carries a minimum two-match suspension for players.
Weah, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “It is a derby match and tensions are high and that’s what Scott does.
“He is a leader of men and he shows that and he shows his passion for the club.
“I don’t see a problem with it, but we have to respect any decision that has been made.
“Scott Brown is amazing. Ever since I have been here, he is a role model for me.
“Just knowing that people said he was finished and that he has shown the world that he still has it in him is great, he shows that you never give up and always keep going.
“He is doing an amazing job. He is a leader of men and one of the best captains I have ever had.”
Weah, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season, admitted he was “kind of surprised” at the reaction to the chaotic scenes.
The 19-year-old USA international, added: “It happens. It is football. I was involved in a similar match, USA v Mexico, and stuff happens.
“It’s a derby match. Tensions are high. The guys are super passionate about the game and their club.
“It is understandable, but we have moved on and, as you saw against St Mirren, we have moved on in a positive way and that is important.”
Weah returned to the starting line-up in Paisley in midweek and got the opening goal with a header before substitute Ryan Christie rifled in the second near the end.
The champions can now lift their eighth successive title if they beat Livingston at Parkhead tomorrow and Rangers lose to Motherwell at Fir Park 24 hours later.