Scott Brown explains how El Hadji Diouf made him a Celtic hero

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown played against El Hadji Diouf when he was at Rangers.

Scott Brown has been quoted as saying by The Daily Record how former Rangers loanee El Hadji Diouf made him a hero among Celtic fans.

Brown, a Scotland international midfielder, has been on the books of Scottish Premiership champions Celtic since 2007.

Former Liverpool attacker Diouf played for Scottish giants Rangers on loan from English club Blackburn Rovers for the second half of the 2010-11 season.

"To get one up on him was nice,” The Daily Record quotes Brown as saying about Diouf in his new book. “He talked a good game but he was my kind of player to play against.

“The ball went into the back of the net and he was in the wrong place at the wrong time as there was nothing better than celebrating right beside him. It was the best yellow card I have had in my life.

"I don't know what made me do it. I was just showing him that I was a strong character, that we were down to 10 men and we had got back into the game.

"Never in a million years did I imagine it would become so big. I wasn't on social media so I didn't know anything that was happening with it. It wasn't until the next game and all the fans were singing about it that I realised it had caught on.”

Brown has now established himself as one of the best central midfielders in the Scottish Premiership.

The 30-year-old is also the Celtic captain and is very popular among the club’s fans.

Celtic are at the top of the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 35 points from 14 matches.

The Bhoys are six points clear of second-place Heart of Midlothian and are set to win the league title in the Scottish top flight yet again.

The Hoops will return to league action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Kilmarnock at Celtic Park.

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