CONSTANT booing and jeering from the lunatic fringe among the Linfield support did little to put skipper supreme Scott Brown off his stride last night.

The midfielder was his usual dynamic self in the 2-0 Champions League first leg qualifying win over the Northern Ireland title winners at Windsor Park.

Broony even joked he managed to make a quid after picking up the coins that were thrown at team-mate Leigh Griffiths.You can just imagine the Scotland skipper using the proceeds on the online casino on the way back from this controversial European tie.


A bottle of Buckfast was also hurled at the Hoops striker as he prepared to take a left-wing corner-kick in the second-half.

The captain said: “I didn’t get hit, but I found a pound coin, so I came away making a profit!

“These things happen. We’ve been to Ibrox and Tynecastle and it’s like that all of the time. It’s part and parcel of football.”

Griffiths, of course, was on the receiving end of a yellow card by ropy ref Alejandro Hernandez for playing his part in dodging objects chucked at him by the yobs at the corner flag area.

Broony added: “That was a weird booking. He was having bottles and coins thrown at him.

“I never asked Leigh about the booking. It was a 45-yard run away and I don’t make those kind of runs.

“You need to use a bit of common sense sometimes, but maybe the referee didn’t see it!

“Leigh was fine at the end. But you have to take that stuff on the chin and deal with it.

“We know when we get back to Celtic Park we have a bigger pitch and our fans behind us.

“Linfield sat very deep and tried to make it hard for us. But we got a couple of early goals and that really helped.

“We don’t worry about the other stuff. We just concentrate on what happens on the park.”

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