SCOTT BROWN has lashed out at the SFA and insists they could have wrecked Celtic’s bid for historic back-to-back trebles.
The Hoops skipper was fuming the Scottish football bosses had failed to water the sticky Hampden pitch during Brendan Rodgers’ side’s 2-0 Scottish Cup Final win over Motherwell at the weekend.
Brown claimed the surface wasn’t conducive to the champions’ style of play and instead suited their opponents’ more direct approach on a dry pitch on a warm day.
The 32-year-old old midfielder said: “They didn’t water the pitch at half-time to try and stop us playing. But it didn’t stop us, we still tried to play our game.
“Motherwell are a very honest team who play long, direct, very physical, but we play football the proper way, we get it down on the floor.”
CHEERS…Scott Brown celebrates with Olivier Ntcham after the second goal. Pic: Geo.
Parkhead gaffer Rodgers and his Hearts counterpart Craig Levein were embroiled in a war of words earlier this month over the length of the grass at Tynecastle after Celtic’s 3-1 win.
Brown now believes rules should be be put in place to prevent any gamesmanship over the playing surfaces in the Premiership.
Rules are in place for English Premier League clubs to ensure top-flight surfaces are maintained to a certain standard.
The height of the grass isn’t allowed to exceed 30mm – the same as UEFA’s ruling – and the entire pitch must be cut to the same height.
And Brown said: “If you look down in England, that’s where we’re going wrong in Scotland. Everyone will try anything – they’ll grow the grass, they don’t water it, but down in England, there are rules for these things.
“They want to see top-quality football and that’s maybe where the Scottish game has gone wrong and that’s where the SFA maybe have to step up their game.
“This treble is more of an achievement because everyone wants to stop us, everyone wants to beat us.”