Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 December 2014

Great Scott boosts Celtic

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan believes the Hoops are benefiting from midfielder Scott Brown’s "license to roam".

The Scotland international has arguably been the Parkhead side’s best player this season, his increasing confidence summed up last week in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League home draw against Dundee United when he set up a goal for Hoops striker Georgios Samaras.

Against Dundee, in the fourth round of the Homecoming Scottish Cup at Parkhead on Saturday, another typically energetic run by the Scotland international set up Scott McDonald from the same area of the pitch.

This time, McDonald’s mis-hit shot ricocheted off several Dundee defenders before landing fortuitously in front of Brown who slipped it past former Hoops keeper Rab Douglas from close range.

The goal came at a crucial time for the Parkhead side, levelling as it did, the lead gifted to the Irn-Bru First Division side by Celtic keeper Artur Boruc whose fresh-air swipe allowed Colin McMenamin to knock into an empty goal.

On his return from his two-week club ban, Aiden McGeady showed the Celtic fans and boss Gordon Strachan what they had been missing when he curled in the winner just before the break.

While the post-match focus was mainly on the return of McGeady and yet another Boruc mistake, the Celtic boss was glad to discuss the form of Brown.

"Scott has become a big player and better player," Strachan said.

"He has come to understand the position better but we must give him license to roam with the power that he has got.

"Last week he broke into the corner, took the ball off Lee Wilkie and made a chance and we got a goal.

"He did the same thing against Dundee and tried to cut it back and then the ball came back to him.

"So he got his goal through hard work and that is him, he has had a fantastic season."

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