Brown slams Diouf for winding up Bhoys
Published 04/03/2011 | 05:00
Celtic captain Scott Brown has aimed another verbal blow at Rangers' El-Hadji Diouf following the Hoops' stormy Scottish Cup replay win at Parkhead.
Brown has clashed with Diouf in the three Old Firm games since the Senegalese winger arrived on loan from Blackburn, and after Wednesday's fiery encounter, claimed his rival had been trying to unnerve the Celtic players.
Diouf argued with Celtic boss Neil Lennon during the first half and assistant manager Johan Mjallby in the tunnel at half-time, before being shown a second yellow card for dissent after the final whistle. Brown said: "Diouf was trying to wind the boys up throughout the game and he even had a pop at me at half-time."
Rangers pair Madjid Bougherra and Steven Whittaker were also sent off before Lennon and Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist were involved in an angry exchange after the final whistle.
Brown said: "I've heard the police have urged for the games to be played behind closed doors, but I think the Old Firm games need to be open to everyone. It's a worldwide fixture.
"We've got two more games against Rangers -- the League Cup final and what could be the title decider.
"So you can always expect it to be a fiery game. It's whether you can handle the situation or not."
2010-11 old firm games
Oct 24: SPL Celtic 1 Rangers 3 (5 bookings -- 3 Celtic, 2 Rangers).
Jan 2: SPL Rangers 0 Celtic 2 (6 bookings -- 2 Rangers, 4 Celtic).
Feb 6: SFA Cup Rangers 2 Celtic 2 (9 bookings, 2 dismissals -- 6 Rangers, 3 Celtic, 1 red card each).
Feb 20: SPL Celtic 3 Rangers 0 (6 bookings -- 1 Celtic, 5 Rangers).
March 2: SFA Cup replay Celtic 1 Rangers 0 (12 bookings, 3 dismissals -- 3 Celtic, 9 Rangers, 3 Rangers red cards).
Remaining meetings -- March 20: League Cup final.
One more SPL game to be arranged.