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Brown apologises over Neymar, Kayal believes - Celtic morning news

Also a word from the former Celtic and current Scotland manager.

Celtic captain Scott Brown issued an apology last night on the club’s website for his sending off against Barcelona. Brown said he realised he made a mistake by kicking out at Neymar and that the incident happened in the ‘heat of the moment.’

He said: ‘I still think it was a harsh decision. However, I recognise that I made a mistake and put myself and my team-mates in a difficult position. I need to live with that and there is no-one more disappointed than me about losing the match.’

Former Celtic and current Scotland manager Gordon Strachan hit out at Neymar for his reaction to Brown’s challenge, comparing it to Diego Simeone and David Beckham at the 1998 World Cup.

Strachan said: ‘We’ve all seen the incident and maybe Scott gave the referee an opportunity. But then you think, ‘what is Neymar doing there’? It was like the Beckham and Simeone thing. You looked at Simeone that night and said, ‘I thought you were supposed to be a hard man’?’

Despite the absence of Brown in their next Champions League game with Ajax, Beram Kayal believes that the Hoops can grab a victory against the Dutch side.

He said: ‘We win and lose as a team and that’s all there is to it. If we have to play Ajax without Scott then we will still be confident that we can win the games. You have seen the way we have played against AC Milan and Barcelona.

‘We have taken no points, but we have been very unlucky. Scott is a great player, he is our captain and he is respected by everyone in the dressing room.’

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