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Saturday 18 November 2017

Injured skipper Brown praises Ki role in filling midfield void

Scott Brown. Photo: Getty Images
Scott Brown. Photo: Getty Images

Celtic captain Scott Brown has hailed the role played by Ki Sung-yueng during his enforced absence.

January arrival Ki did not play under Neil Lennon last season, with his last game coming in the 4-0 defeat by St Mirren in March which spelled the end of Tony Mowbray's spell in charge.

But the 21-year-old has forced his way into Lennon's plans this term, occupying one of the central midfield berths as Brown recovers from a broken metatarsal.

The South Korean midfielder won the Clydesdale Bank Young player of the month award for October and netted an impressive strike in Celtic's most recent match, their 2-2 home draw against Inverness.


Brown, who hopes to return for the Old Firm derby at Ibrox on January 2, said: "Sometimes other players need that bit of luck for other players to get injured so they can come into the team and show what they can do.

"I think Ki has come in and been one of the better players since I have been injured and has done very well. I think it's maybe taken him a wee bit of time to find his feet up here, but now that he has, he has been brilliant to be fair.

"He has two good feet, plus he can score a goal, that's for sure."

Meanwhile, Hull's prospective new owners Assem and Ehab Allam are expected to complete their takeover at the KC Stadium before the end of the week.

The Allams, who have been in talks over a renegotiated deal with current owner Russell Bartlett for several weeks, have transferred funds of £833,000 into a holding account.

The Tigers, whose debts are understood to total more than £21m, have outstanding tax debts, while it has been reported the Allams have claimed the club was heading for administration if the deal had not taken place.

Irish Independent

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