Irish Sunday Mirror - - SPORT - BY GRA­HAM MCPHERSON

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.

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