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BROONY WEEKEND (PART THREE): 700 NOT OUT

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CELTIC skipper Scott Brown celebrated his 35th birthday during the week and CQN is honouring the occasion with a weekend-long tribute to the team’s influential onfield leader.

The midfield dynamo, who was signed by Gordon Strachan for £4.4million from Hibs in May 2007 – a record transfer fee between Scottish clubs – has gone on to win a phenomenal TWENTY-ONE medals, 10 titles, five Scottish Cups and six League Cups. He also found the time to cram in 55 games for Scotland.
CQN has been sifting through our library files to pick out some highlights.

SCOTT BROWN celebrated his 700th club appearance by helping Celtic to a 4-1 triumph over Hamilton Accies at the aptly-named Fountain of Youth stadium on February 2.

And the onfield leader reckoned the win marked a massive turning point as the Hoops headed for their ninth successive title.

Goals from Odsonne Edouard (2), Christopher Jullien and James Forrest brought in the 21st Premiership victory of the campaign to move them seven points ahead of Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit who drew 0-0 with Aberdeen in Glasgow on the same weekend.

A WORD IN YOUR EAR…Scott Brown looks amused as Neil Lennon imparts a gem of information.

Brown admitted the title kings hadn’t exactly sparkled in the first-half where they conceded the opening goal to Marios Ogkmpoe following a left-wing corner-kick. However, the picture altered when Accies had defender Jamie Hamilton red-carded in the 34th minute for a professional foul on Leigh Griffiths and Edouard whipped in the resultant free-kick.

The inspirational skipper was more concerned about the team’s performance than reaching a marvellous personal landmark and said: “It was all about us in the second-half. It was about having a lot more penetration and a lot more of the ball.

“I think at the end of the day it could have been a lot more. But it is three points and it is huge for us.

“For us, it is about taking each game as it comes. It is about keeping going which this team does. We are great at that.

“Plus we had genius coming off the bench in Ryan Christie and Tom Rogic, so it was all about the squad.”

Brown made the typical selfless comments after another professional personal performance and CQN‘s photographer’s were on the spot to capture the moment.

WEATHER BEATEN…Scott Brown, in short-sleeved shirt and shorts, prepares for the Accies clash while Christopher Jullien covers up against the February chill.

UP IN THE AIR…Scott Brown leaps to bring the ball under control.

SHAKE ON IT, PAL…Scott Brown congratulates Jonny Hayes after the 4-1 success over Accies.

END GAME…Scott Brown walks off as Fraser Forster and Jonny Hayes celebrate another three points.

CHEERS…Scott Brown leads the celebarations with new Bhoy Stephen Welsh (extreme right) joining in after his impressive debut.

 
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