Brown can still con­trib­ute for Scot­land, says Len­non

Evening Times - - SPORT - Graeme McGarry and Matthew Lind­say

NEIL LEN­NON has re­vealed he wouldn’t be sur­prised if Celtic cap­tain Scott Brown re­ceived a Scot­land re­call ahead of Euro 2020.

Brown, who re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball for a se­cond time last year, re­fused to rule out mak­ing an­other come­back this week.

The na­tional team were yes­ter­day drawn to face Is­rael in the play-off semi-fi­nal at Ham­p­den on Thurs­day, March 26.

Len­non stressed the de­ci­sion would ul­ti­mately be down to Brown and Scot­land man­ager Clarke.

“First of all, there would need to be a con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Steve and Broony and then I’ll need to have a con­ver­sa­tion with him as well,” he said.

“He’s cur­rently get­ting a ben­e­fit from not play­ing in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, but how much I don’t know. He’s cer­tainly play­ing very well at the mo­ment and there’s no ques­tion he could still make a con­tri­bu­tion to the Scot­tish team.

“It’ll be down to the chat be­tween those two. I think they’ve had con­ver­sa­tions be­fore, but I don’t know whether or not that line is still open.”

Len­non added: “I wouldn’t be sur­prised if he was to be called up, but then we’d need to talk about it.

“I to­tally get the at­trac­tion for Scott of hav­ing an ap­pear­ance at a ma­jor fi­nals on his CV but how would his come­back af­fect the rest of the group, the peo­ple who’ve been per­form­ing?

““Ul­ti­mately, it’ll come down to Steve’s call and then we’ll take it from there.”

Mean­while, Steven Ger­rard has in­sisted Ryan Jack, the Rangers player who started in the Euro 2020 qual­i­fiers against Cyprus and Kaza­khstan, is as good as any Scot­land mid­fielder.

“I won’t try and make Steve Clarke’s de­ci­sions,” he said. “But it’s no sur­prise to me that with Ryan Jack in the team they have won the last two games.

“The mid­field is prob­a­bly the strong­est area of the Scot­land team, but let me tell you right now, Ryan Jack is a match for any of them in his own way, what he gives to a team and what he gives to a man­ager.

“Ryan Jack is right in there with any of those mid­field­ers, don’t worry about that.”

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