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‘BROONY LOVES ROUGH STUFF,’ GRIFF

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LEIGH GRIFFITHS insists Celtic skipper Scott Brown thrives on the rough and tumble of the Premiership.

The 32-year-old midfielder has become a target for the boot-boys this season with Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove, Motherwell’s Cedric Kipre and Ross County’s Andrew Davies all seeing red in recent weeks.

The ordering-off for Kipre was later reduced to a yellow card, but it was still fairly sturdy challenge from the Fir Park defender in the first place to warrant the action of referee Craig Thomson.

Cosgrove could have no complaints as he was given his marching orders not long after coming on as a substitute in the 10-man Hoops’ 2-0 win at Pittodrie.

Swedish defender Mikael Lustig had already been dismissed earlier in the encounter after two bookable offences.

And Davies’ brutal assault at the weekend had Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers branding it as “disgraceful” and “dangerous”.

However, Griffiths reckons the side’s onfield leader is taking it all in his stride.

The striker, who is hoping to start against Dundee tonight for the first time since his calf injury against Hibs on January 27, was asked if Brown had been affected by the furore.

He answered: “Are you joking? You saw what happened at Aberdeen, he loves it.

“He goes in to win the ball and make sure the opponent knows he’s not in for an easy game.

“You don’t want tackling banned, but what happened to Broony last weekend was OTT.”

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