Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has revealed his stance on Celtic skipper Scott Brown in the wake of his being pictured drunk in the build-up to last week's Scottish League Cup final, according to the Scotsman.
Brown, 29, was pictured slumped on the street after a reported night out but duly delivered a terrific performance at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon as Celtic beat Dundee United 2-0.
Much was made of the incident, with the club not taking any action but boss Ronny Deila admitting it was far from ideal preparation for a cup final.
Yet Scotland boss Strachan says the incident was out of his remit as it occurred while Brown was on Celtic duty.
Indeed, the former Bhoys manager says he advises players to stay away from alcohol but insists the 29-year-old's actions on his days off are not his concern so long as they do not involve international duty.
“I can only deal with the players I’ve had here and the way they’ve behaved,” said Strachan. “Over the two and a half years here, we have not had a problem with the players. I keep saying to you, they come along to Scotland and they play for nothing. They give up their time for that.
“I can only deal with what I’ve got. These guys have been fantastic. You’d need to speak to Celtic or anybody else about their individual players and how they behave, or how they are perceived to behave on their days off. It’s up to them [Celtic]. They pay them full-time wages. We don’t pay them anything."
Celtic face Dundee United once again on Wednesday night, with the Hoops this time contesting a Scottish Cup quarter-final replay. Deila's side then face United for a fourth consecutive game in the league this weekend.