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BROWN BATTLE? ‘I’LL LOOK FORWARD TO IT,’ DONS ACE

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ABERDEEN youngster Greg Leigh is looking forward to going toe-to-toe with Celtic skipper Scott Brown at Pittodrie tomorrow afternoon.

The former England Under-19 full-back played in midfield for the injury-hit Dons as they thrashed Motherwell 3-0 at Fir Park last weekend.

Derek McInnes could be tempted to play Leigh in the engine room again when the champions, who have won their last six games in the north east, visit on a high following the 2-1 Europa League Group E triumph over Lazio on Thursday night.

But the Dons have been boosted with their own performance as they decimated Stephen Robinson’s side as star striker Sam Cosgrove got on the scoresheet again with a superb opener.

Leigh, on loan from Dutch side NAC Breda, told the Daily Record: “I know all about Scott Brown and I know he’s a decent player, one of the best in the league.

“I’ll be given a job and if it is in midfield I’ll look forward to it.

MARKED MAN…Scott Brown faces a tough 90 minutes at Pittodrie.

“These games are what anyone who wants to be a footballer wants to be involved in – a good atmosphere, big gates and decent players.

“I’ve only ever seen Celtic on TV and they are a decent side, but they lost to Livingston and in any league there are always teams who can beat you.”

Celtic skipper Brown warmed up for the tussle at Pittodrie with another controlling performance against the Serie A outfit.

He patrolled the midfield with his usual authority and even had a say in the winning goal when his low shot was deflected for a corner-kick in the 89th minute.

Ryan Christie, who spent 18 months on loan with the Dons before being recalled to Parkhead last summer, swung over the deadball effort and Christopher Jullien rose high to thump in an unstoppable header.

Tomorrow’s duel between the Frenchman and Cosgrove will be every bit as interesting as the one between Leigh and the former Scotland international captain.

 

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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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