Scott Brown’s recent social activity is asking for trouble, even if the Celtic skipper made an honest mistake.
Hoops fans were left fuming as their side bowed out of the Champions League on Tuesday evening, following a shock 4-3 defeat at home to CFR Cluj.
It meant Celtic lost the tie 5-4 on aggregate over the two legs, dumping them into a Europa League play-off.
After the game, Brown ‘liked’ a Twitter post criticising Neil Lennon, as reported by the Daily Record, but swiftly defended himself soon after, claiming it was a genuine accident:
Was just flicking through Twitter must of touched the button by accident.. Not my style to slag anyone off on Twitter. I am fully behind the manager and all the players are as well. If anyone should be getting a slagging or a abuse it’s all on me tonight as didn’t perform. Sorry
— Scott Brown (@ScottBrown8) August 13, 2019
Needless to say, some Celtic fans weren’t impressed with both his behaviour and his performance, but others stuck up for him.
Well said. You can both go. The single most embarrassing performance by a Celtic captain I've seen in forty years. Just go. And take the ginger Guardiola with you.
— Richard McGinley (@Richiestoke) August 14, 2019
Just do the honourable thing and retire mate
— Liam (@liamcsc) August 13, 2019
You have enough credit in the bank with the support skipper now go get us that quadruple treble m8 👍
— DAVID-TREBLE-WEB 🏴 🇮🇪 🇵🇸 🇸🇪 (@AndyGaveUs) August 13, 2019
Touched the button by accident.. pic.twitter.com/5tdFvz6OIl
— botinator (@Sevcosaurus) August 13, 2019
Captain my captain. Win, Lose or draw as a team. 100% behind you and the Bhoys. Disappointed of course but it’s football. Onwards we go.
— Martin Sweeney (@MacSuibhne69) August 14, 2019
Scott wake up its morning time smell the coffee,Lenny is not up to the job and you & the players should be ashamed.This is simply not good enough. The board in Celtic is a joke bank balance 1st fans 2nd. Also they let J McGinn go they wouldn’t pay 3million this is Celtic shocking
— Joe Myers (@celjoe7) August 14, 2019
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Whether or not Brown liking the Tweet was a genuine error, going on social media after such a damaging defeat is always going to be risky.
The most pressing matter regarding the midfielder was his performance, however, with a needless handball gifting Cluj a penalty and his all-round display lacking influence.
One thing that can never be denied is Brown’s level of fight, though, and he gave his all as always in a losing cause.
But at 34, he is past his best, with Tuesday’s loss highlighting his increasing number of shortcomings.