HIBS’ on-loan midfielder Stephane Omeonga revealed he enjoyed his battle with Celtic skipper Scott Brown during the scoreless stalemate at Easter Road on Sunday.

The Belgian, who is at the end Edinburgh outfit on a temporary transfer from Genoa, also admitted the Hoops star had some “bad things” to say about the close attention he was receiving.

Brown and Omeonga had a fierce 90-minute tussle throughout the confrontation in which five Edinburgh players were booked by referee Nick Walsh, including Florian Kamberi for a needless shove in the Hoops’ captain’s back.

The 23-year-old competitor, speaking to Hibs TV, said: “It was a great battle in midfield with Scott Brown, obviously everyone saw it.

CRUNCH…Scott Brown slides in to tackle Hibs’ Vykintas Slivka while Stephane Omeonga and Tom Rogic look on.

“I’m happy I had the chance to play against that kind of team and that kind of player.

“We all know him [Brown] and he said some really good things about me on the pitch.

“I’m joking! He said some really bad things!

“But it was good, it was a good football game. I enjoyed the game, I enjoyed running and I enjoyed getting some ball back and running forward and just helping the team to get that result. It was a good one.”

Neil Lennon’s successor at Hibs, Paul Heckingbottom, detailed Omeonga to man-mark Brown from the first minute and he was never far from the 33-year-old’s side.

However, that did not prevent Brown putting in a marvellous performance that, unfortunately, failed to spark some of his team-mates as the champions failed to get the win that would have set up a potential title party against Kilmarnock at Parkhead on Saturday.

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