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DONS BOSS EXPLAINS BROWN DECISION

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ABERDEEN boss Stephen Glass has explained why he took off skipper Scott Brown in the 2-1 loss to Celtic on Sunday.

The Dons were drawing 1-1 with Hoops after Lewis Ferguson had nullified Kyogo Furuhashi’s opening goal in the first-half.

Thirty-six-year-old Brown, facing the Parkhead side for the first time since spending 14 trophy-laden years at the Glasgow giants, was putting in his usual committed performance until he was withdrawn in the 72nd minute.

The veteran midfielder was attempting to drive his side towards their first victory in nine games in which they have taken just two points from the last 18 in the Premiership.

SO CLOSE…Scott Brown (left) sees his header parried by Celtic keeper John Hart.

Glass put on Dylan McGeouch, another ex-Hoops star, for his captain and admitted: “Scott cramped up.

“The pitch was a wee bit softer than it has been.”

Brown came close to putting the Dons into the lead with a diving header from a Calvin Ramsay right-wing corner-kick, but was denied by a reflex save from Joe Hart.

Glass also reckoned the emotions of facing his former club could have affected Brown.

The Pittodrie gaffer, speaking to the Press and Journal, added: “I said to him it was probably the emotion of the week.

“You don’t actually realise it, but you would be an alien if that didn’t affect him.”

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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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