IT’S FINE IF HE’S SCOTT NO LOVE FOR ME
ABERDEEN skipper Graeme Shinnie is gearing up for another clash with Scott Brown today and admits his Celtic rival “probably hates him”.
Shinnie and the Celtic captain have had a running battle since the final game of last season, when Brown blasted the Dons ace for a tackle which earned a yellow card.
The pair will face off at Hampden Park and Shinnie said: “I have seen Scott on a couple of occasions and he probably hates me. But he’s more respectful than you think.
“On the pitch he is a battler like I am and he goes all out to win for his team, which is something I respect and love. I’m like that myself. When I get over the white line and on to the pitch, I am just desperate to win the game.”
Shinnie refused to apologise for a crude late lunge on Brown in that clash at Parkhead back in May and later added “what goes around, comes around”.
Brown responded by saying that it had been “a little boy’s tackle” and slammed Shinnie for “not having great quality”.
The pair had another altercation in Celtic’s 1-0 win in September, when Brown snatched a note that had been passed to Shinnie by boss Derek Mcinnes and gave it to Brendan Rodgers.