Celtic pundit John-Paul Mason has recently made a claim about the possibility of Scott Brown starting in the Scottish Cup final against Hearts.
Mason was a guest on the latest episode of the ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ podcast and the panel discussed multiple issues involving the Hoops. One topic of discussion was whether Scott Brown should start in Celtic’s upcoming Scottish Cup final against Hearts. Mason made it clear that he doesn’t have any fears about the veteran midfielder featuring at the weekend.
Who should start in the Cup final against Hearts?
Brown has been a regular for the Bhoys in the current campaign, having made 24 appearances in all competitions so far. In the Premiership, he has made 14 appearances (as per Transfermarkt). After the game against Hibernian, Neil Lennon had criticised Brown for not doing well enough in the lead-up to Hibs’ opening goal.
Mason made it clear that if Brown does start against Hearts, Ismaila Soro would not mind that at all.
He said: “Even if he did bring back Scott Brown, I don’t have any fears about Scott Brown playing in the Scottish Cup final against Heart of Midlothian. I think Scott Brown’s been through the course of events in the last nine years or more and I don’t think it would be a kick in the face to Soro if he did bring back Scott Brown.”
TIF Thoughts on Mason’s comments about Scott Brown…
Brown has picked up a rating of 6.82 in the Premiership this season and has picked up a rating of 6.23 in the Europa League. In the Premiership, the midfielder has been the club’s 13th best player in the campaign (as per WhoScored).
Brown didn’t start in the club’s games against Lille and Kilmarnock recently and in those games, the Ivorian midfielder Soro picked up pretty impressive ratings for the Hoops. So Soro is clearly playing well and not playing an in-form player in a cup final may not be a sensible move. So Lennon may be taking a risk by playing the club captain against Hearts.