Former Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov has recently talked about an interesting incident involving him and Scott Brown from his playing days.
Petrov recently appeared on an episode of The Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel talked about numerous issues involving the Hoops. Petrov talked about Scott Brown and he narrated an incident involving the Scotsman from his days at a Celtic player. The incident dated back to the time when Brown plied his trade with Hibs.
Petrov was at Parkhead for seven seasons, from 1999 to 2006. He left Celtic to join Aston Villa in the summer of 2006, as he arrived at Villa Park for a fee of £9 million. Since Brown joined Celtic back in 2007, the two never shared the dressing room with each other. The Scotsman arrived from Hibs, as Celtic managed to evade interest from Tottenham, Rangers and Everton for his signature.
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Petrov said that himself and Brown had gone head-to-head with each other in midfield and Brown was constantly troubling him with words and even ‘dirty looks’.
The Bulgarian revealed: “I remember playing [for] Celtic versus Hibs and he was playing. He kept getting in my face. At the time, I was playing well, I was scoring goals. We were playing well as a team, we’re winning leagues, we’re winning cups. I had this young boy, he kept walking behind me.
“I run away from him and he’ll tackle me. I’ll go down, I’ll look at him and he’ll just give me these dirty looks. One point, he came, ‘if you take me on one more time, I’ll cement you.’ I just turned around and said, who the hell is this?
“So I’m walking in at half time and I’m like, ‘Guys, who’s this guy?’ And I’m repeating what he’s saying. By the way, Neil Lennon did say, ‘by the way Stan, he loves challenges. He loves to compete. You’ll love playing against him.’ Since that day, every time I played against him, I loved it.”
TIF Thoughts on Petrov’s narration about Brown…
While Petrov didn’t share a dressing room with Brown, the incident shows the intensity with which the midfielder played the game. Former Aberdeen player Graeme Shinnie has also previously talked about Brown’s intensity.
Brown has also been described as an influential leader, who is very aggressive in his approach. Considering that he captained Celtic for many years and won many trophies, the Hoops could well miss that approach in their side from next season onwards.