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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Brown's up for US challenge

SCOTLAND captain Scott Brown still readily recalls his international debut goal that never was as he contemplates the challenge match against the USA at Hampden Park tonight.

The Celtic skipper (28) made his first appearance in dark blue as a Hibernian player in November 12, 2005, when he came on in the second-half against the Americans at the same venue with the friendly game tied at 1-1.

A linesman's flag denied him a dream debut goal after he had the ball in the net from a James McFadden pass.

The midfielder said: "That was a long time ago," he said. "It was a great moment in my career and I even managed to score - and I thought it was onside.

"I think it was Kasey Keller who was in goal (for the USA).

"Faddy got the ball and I ran through, and it was touch and go whether I was onside or not but I have to give myself the benefit of the doubt.

"It was huge for myself and my family, a great day, a great occasion and from there it has been fantastic."

Brown admits tonight's game offers a chance to avenge the 5-1 friendly drubbing handed out by the Americans when they played Scotland in the summer of 2012 in Jacksonville.

He said: "The outcome of the last game wasn't the best for us but this a chance to prove ourselves and show that we have moved on."

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