LIVERPOOL legend, Steven Gerrard, has suggested that the Celtic captain, Scott Brown, was one of the toughest players that he had faced in his illustrious career for club and country.

Speaking to BT Sport’s ‘PL Tonight’ show, the decorated midfielder leapt to defence of ‘one of football’s toughest amidst criticism from Hearts boss Craig Levein.

“There’s all different ways to be tough as a footballer. I think some of the ones that look tough and bounce around the football pitch acting tough are probably the ones that are not.

“I think where this comes from is Scott Brown. I’ve played against Scott Brown and he’s a tough competitor, a really good player. ”

Previously, Levein had said that ‘players needed protection’ from referees after Scott Brown challenged 16-year-old Harry Cochrane at Celtic Park on Tuesday resulting in the youngster succumbing to injury. However, Gerrard challenged this and said that the 32-year-old was ‘tough but fair’.

“I think it’s out of order saying he’s not fair, especially the career he’s had. It all comes down to him going tough on a young kid who plays for Hearts.

“But I think that’s the game and too much of it is going out of the game.”


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