GORDON STRACHAN had a quick answer for Paul Scholes after the former Manchester United and England midfielder queried if Scott Brown could have made an impact across the border.
The Scotland boss, who managed Coventry City, Southampton and Middlesbrough, said: “I understand everybody has an opinion.
“But if I was still the manager of any of the teams I had that did reasonably well in the Premier League, I’d take him. Absolutely, absolutely.
“Okay, the game might have changed since I was at Southampton. But we were fourth in the league at one point and I’d still have had him in the team.
“I have no problem with people having an opinion on players.
“But let me tell you, I watched him again in training today and he’s back running to how he did when I first signed him for Celtic.
‘That’s where he is and when you’re going into big games like the one on Saturday there’s nothing better than having people like him around you.
“The real test of a player, also, isn’t anybody’s opinion who doesn’t watch him every week. Your big test as a player is what your team-mates think of you.
“When you finish your career that’s what matters.
“The rest don’t matter – your team-mates are the only ones who are the test of who you are, what you are and what you brought to a team.”
Asked if he thought Scholes’ observation would worry his international skipper, Strachan answered: “Honestly, I don’t think the man sleeps, but if he did he wouldn’t have lost any of it.
“I don’t think it’ll have bothered him one little bit.”
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