We’re not entirely keen on discussing Scott Brown at the best of times, but the Aberdeen captain and former Celtic stalwart is making waves today following his ‘performance’ against Rangers.
Being accused of cheating, of poor sportsmanship, and everything else, Brown was the usual centre of attention and probably feels like yesterday was a win for his side.
Ibrox Noise wants to be honest. Whatever you think of Brown, and most of us loathe him, he crossed the Old Firm divide and gave Glen Kamara genuine support. Some fans may have forgotten this, we haven’t.
So we’re not going to start a character assassination just because Ryan Kent got sent off.
But it’s patently clear Brown pushed the boundaries of decency last night, and it’s understandable so many fans are slaughtering him.
The Kent incident – Kenty was already on a yellow, and he did foul Brown, who made a meal of it. It wasn’t a yellow, even Andy Walker admitted that. But referee Kevin Clancy seemed to be in a very partial mood and sent our man off. Brown’s conduct was canny, sneaky, and had it been Morelos fouled and staying down, with a second yellow for his assailant, few Rangers fans would complain.
That said, his diabolical behaviour in mocking Kent when he got sent off and grinning like a Cheshire can was some of the ugliest and unsporting conduct – a pro enthusiastically celebrating a fellow pro being sent off is an unwritten rule of indignity. You absolutely don’t do that no matter who you are.
And then there were his refereeing attempts at influencing the man in black – which frankly he appeared to succeed at. But that one is more on Clancy for being weak.
Brown pushed the boundaries and crossed the line quite a few times last night, and he has plenty of previous for doing so.
He chooses to play that way, and generally gets away with it, so it’s not a shock he’d still be at it.
It’s up to Rangers in future to find a way to silence him when we face his side again.
Scotty Arfield sure did it…