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Friday 21 September 2018

Brown: I'd have got long ban if I made Davies tackle

Celtic skipper Scott Brown
Celtic skipper Scott Brown

Celtic skipper Scott Brown claims he would have been handed an extended ban had he made the same challenge Andrew Davies put in on him last week.

The Ross County captain was sent-off in the first half of the Hoops' 3-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win at Parkhead last Saturday.

Davies lunged at the Celtic midfielder, who had stumbled to the ground under a tackle by Billy McKay, and will serve the statutory two-match suspension.

Ahead of the trip to Hamilton tomorrow (live on BT Sport 1, kick-off 12.30), Brown, 32, joked about the incident saying: "I'm not too bad. I didn't want any more kids anyway, he has probably done me a favour." However, when asked if Davies' punishment sent out the wrong message, he said: "It is not for me to say, that's for the SFA to discuss and sort out.

"But for me, if I would have done that it would have been a lot worse. It would have been in the papers for weeks on end and I would have been getting a five/six-game ban.

"I will let you make your own mind on that.

"You want to tackle hard, you want to win the ball.

"There is a fair way to go about it but stamping on opponents when the ball is nowhere near you is definitely not being a hard man or going into a hard tackle.

"People lose their head now and then. I understand that. It happens in football but for stamping when the ball is nowhere near you and especially where he stamped as well, it wasn't exactly pleasant at the time.

"I enjoy the tackles, I enjoy people getting touch tight, people saying they are better players than me and got the better of me. I keep coming back and proving them all wrong. That's part and parcel of who I am."

Celtic are 10 points clear at the top of the table with six games remaining and are closing in on their seventh successive title.

"That was our aim at the start of the season," said the former Scotland captain.

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