Despite seeing their team cruise to a 5-0 victory and establish a commanding 10-point lead at the top of the Premiership last night, some Celtic fans still weren’t completely satisfied with what they saw from one of their stalwarts at Parkhead.
The performance of captain Scott Brown against Hearts came under scrutiny from quite a few of the Hoops faithful on a night that saw him complete the entirety of a league game for the 14th time in a row and maintain his record of starting every top-flight match this season (as per TransferMarkt).
The 34-year-old’s distribution was called out by some reporters, with Hamish Carton of 67hailhail.com giving the midfielder a lowly five in his player ratings and saying that he was “slack in possession at times”. Read Celtic‘s Mizgan Masani wrote: “The captain wasn’t at his best in the first half and lacked the cutting edge”, while Glasgow Times reporter Graeme McCarry felt that Brown “looked a little off it in the first 45 minutes”.
The skipper came close to scoring after half-time with a shot that cannoned off the post but these Celtic fans on Twitter still felt underwhelmed by his performance against Hearts, with one supporter comparing his display to ex-Parkhead flop Willo Flood:
Poor in possession toward the end of the half, Scott Brown playing like Willo Flood.
— 🇮🇪ˢᶜ32ᴵᴱ🇮🇪 (@sc32ie) February 12, 2020
We need another one. Hearts are a threat tonight. Scott Brown not playing like Scott Brown
— Alan (@Alan1967) February 12, 2020
Scott Brown needs to have words with Scott Brown at half time.
— Celtic_Bhoy1888 (@bhoy1888_celtic) February 12, 2020
Celtic have been poor tonight and rather uncharacteristically Scott Brown has been really poor.
Can’t seem to keep the ball at all as a team and lacking that final pass.
— Cal (@CMcCeltic) February 12, 2020
Scott Brown having a absolute nightmare of a match. #CELHEA 😐
— JT (@jaztim86) February 12, 2020
Broony looks a little off it today. Just as well he played a full 90 yet again in a hurricane against Clyde on a plastic pitch.
— Yankee1057O (@Yankee1057O) February 12, 2020
Take Broony off please, man needs a rest 🍀
— Ryan Henderson (@RyanHen39620181) February 12, 2020
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