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SIGN OF THE TIME FOR SKIPPER

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SCOTT BROWN has welcomed new Bhoy David Turnbull to the nine-in-a-row champions in time for this afternoon’s visit of Motherwell.

His fellow-midfielder will provide competition for a berth in the engine room following his £3.25million arrival from the Fir Park outfit on Thursday.

Brown paid tribute to the powers-that-be at Parkhead and, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “We’ve got great recruitment.

“The board are always looking to push the budget as far as they can. The manager is always looking to strengthen every area of the pitch. It’s good competition.

“We need to make sure we are all fighting for the jersey.”

Brown turned to the fans to continue to back the team and added: “They need to stick by us. They have been fantastic in the 14 years I’ve been here.

“There have been ups and downs. It’s about how we bounce back and we owe them a performance on Sunday. That is why we need to stay together now.”

The 35-year-old onfield leader saw the club topple out of the Champions League qualifiers for a third consecutive season when they collapsed to a 2-1 defeat from unseeded Ferencvaros in midweek.

Every league point is a prisoner in the club’s bid for the historic 10 in a row and a win this afternoon against Stephen Robinson’s side is a must, especially after the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock earlier in the month.

Odsonne Edouard will again sit out the clash with the injury that sidelined him against the Hungarians in midweek.

 
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