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BROWN REVEALS FINAL ‘SPECIAL PLACE’

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SCOTT BROWN has won five League Cup medals for Celtic amid his personal 19 silverware Hoops honours.

However, the 34-year-old skipper admitted he will always remember the first time he lifted the trophy – as a Hibs player in 2007 before his record-breaking £4.4million move to the Parkhead outfit.

Now the midfielder is preparing to put one over his old Edinburgh team when the sides meet in the semi-final at Hampden tomorrow with a 5.30pm kick-off.

The former Scotland captain admitted a fondness for the competition, but does not believe it means more to the Hoops than the other three semi-finalists, which includes Rangers and Hearts, who also play at the national stadium on Sunday.

Brown, speaking to Sky Sports, said: “It is always going to be a special place in my heart, having that opportunity to go out there and lift it when I was at Hibs.

“It will always be in my memories and I will cherish them deeply, but for us, it is coming back to Hampden, it’s a special place.

“It’s a great place to play football when you’re winning.

“I think everyone wants their hands on that trophy. And we need to make sure we get past Hibs and then worry about that afterwards.”

Brown also warned it would be “dangerous” to underestimate his old Easter Road team who are struggling at the moment having won just one of their league games this season and are in ninth place in the Premiership, one point above bottom side St Mirren, who were beaten 2-0 at Parkhead in midweek.

The powerhouse anchorman, who passed himself fit despite going off with a thigh complaint during the win over the Paisley men, added: “It is always dangerous that, especially when a team is not doing as well as it probably should have done in the last four or five games.

“Hibs give us a hard game a couple of weeks ago.

“When they played against us, they did really well, they created a couple of chances and got a little bit lucky with the goal, but it’s one of those things. In a semi-final you never know what can happen.

“Football is a funny, funny place, but we need to make sure we’ve got the right attitude, we come here and we play our own game.”

 

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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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