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‘TIME FOR A CHANGE OF LUCK,’ BROWN

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SCOTT BROWN’S record against Barcelona is awful – five games, five defeats, two of them with Celtic conceding a combined 13 goals, three narrow reverses and a sending-off after an altercation with Neymar at Parkhead.

The Hoops skipper sat out the famous win of four years ago when Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt wrote themselves into club folklore.

Now Brown reckons it is time to stop the rot in tonight’s Champions League crunch confrontation against the Catalan giants at Parkhead.

The 31-year-old midfielder said: “I wouldn’t mind a bit of luck. I was sick the night we beat Barcelona, but not in a bad way!

“I wasn’t well and sending me home that day was probably the best thing that Lenny ever did. We won 2-1!

“Everyone thinks I played in that game. I try and tell them that I did. It wasn’t Miku, it was me!”

Celtic’s approach this time will be very different to the one which saw them routed 7-0 in the Nou Camp in September.

Brown said: “I think we gave them too much respect over there. We were trying to screen them rather than get close and put in the tackles.

“We watched the video of the match again and we’ve learned a lot from it. What can I take from our recent history against them? Not to get sent off! That’s the main lesson.

“Seriously, we know that we need to be calm and understand that we’re not going to have a lot of the ball.

“Usually, we enjoy the majority of possession, so it’s going to be hard for us not having the ball for 30-40 seconds at a time against a team who make keeping the ball against Real Madrid look easy.”

 
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