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Celtic: Alan Hutton ‘shocked’ by Scott Brown’s double against Hibernian

Celtic: Alan Hutton ‘shocked’ by Scott Brown’s double against Hibernian

Former Scotland player Alan Hutton admitted to being “shocked” at seeing his one-time international colleague Scott Brown scoring twice for Celtic at the weekend.

The Hoops captain helped himself to two goals in his team’s 5-2 win over Hibernian in the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup at Hampden Park on Saturday.

Hutton told Football Insider that Brown’s scoring exploits took him by surprise, although he hailed the 34-year-old’s battling qualities and longevity at Celtic.

The ex-Tottenham man said: “He doesn’t score all too many but to score two, wow, I was kind of shocked myself.

“This is a guy who’s been there, done it for many, many years. He’s one of those guys you would love to have him on your team but you’d hate to play against him.

“He’s a club legend and to go and cap it all off by scoring a couple of goals, I’m sure he didn’t expect it but he’ll be over the moon.”

From looking at Brown’s scoring record in recent years, it’s understandable why Hutton was so surprised to see him netting twice in one game on Saturday.

Those were the Celtic captain’s first goals of the current campaign and he needs just one more to match his total from the previous two seasons combined. Brown hasn’t scored more than three goals in a single season since registering six in the 2014/15 campaign, as per TransferMarkt.

It was the first time in almost five years that the 34-year-old helped himself to multiple goals in one game, having last scored a double in a 4-1 win over St Mirren in December 2014.

Since coming to Celtic in 2007, Brown has scored 42 times for the club, with six his best tally for a single season, having hit that figure in 2008/09, 2011/12 and 2014/15. [via TransferMarkt]

Whether the Hoops skipper can match or surpass that tally in the current campaign remains to be seen, but his double against Hibernian certainly hasn’t been in keeping with his scoring form up to then, which would explain Hutton’s surprise.

Celtic fans, were you as surprised as Hutton to see Brown scoring twice on Saturday? Do you think he’ll go on to add a few more goals throughout the season? Join in the discussion by commenting below!

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