Celtic manager Neil Lennon revealed he had no worries about Scott Brown, after he was singled out by Rangers ahead of the old firm Scottish Cup replay between the two sides tomorrow night.
Brown clashed with both El-Hadji Diouf and Kyle Bartley in the recent league derby and was lucky to only be booked for a shocking challenge three minutes into his Glasgow derby debut.
Bartley, who is on loan at Rangers from Arsenal, said, “Not many people at Rangers get on with Scott Brown and I’m not his biggest fan so we will see what happens in the next game.”
Lennon was far from concerned with the comments, and admitted he wouldn’t even need to speak to his skipper.
“He doesn’t need me to say anything to him,” said Lennon. “Scotty can look after himself and he has proved that this season.
“There will be no special talk about that.
“Players know that discipline is important in these games but they should relish the challenge.”
Lennon also challenged his players to bounce back from their shock defeat at Motherwell and rediscover the form that saw them thrash Rangers 3-0 last time out.
“It is only 10 days ago so it will be fresh in their minds,” added Lennon. “I want to see that hunger again.
“There was an intensity to their play that wasn’t really evident on Sunday.
“So we are looking for a positive reaction. After every negative result you are looking for a return to form.
“The players didn’t do themselves justice at Motherwell and they know that.
“The general feeling from them was they had let themselves down. They will want to go out there and do better.
“They have been fantastic the last couple of months so I won’t be over critical.”