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Andy Walker criticises Celtic's Scott Brown

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi coming up against Celtic's Scott Brown

The Celtic man caused controversy with his comments about Jamie Walker.

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Andy Walker has labelled Celtic captain Scott Brown "immature" and "thoughtless" following his comments on Hearts winger Jamie Walker, as quoted by The Record.

The 30-year-old slammed the Hearts man after Celtic's 2-1 win at Tynecastle on Sunday, claiming Walker is a "cheat" after he won a dubious penalty from left-back Kieran Tierney in the first half, which he subsequently scored.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi in action with Celtic's Scott Brown

Brown went on to quip that Walker's 'diving' belonged in the Rio Olympics instead of a football pitch in strong comments which prompted a backlash from Hearts boss Robbie Nielson, who said he was disappointed by the Hoops skipper.

Walker was later hit with a two-match ban for simulation in a development which vindicated the Celtic man's protest - albeit perhaps not the severity - but Sky Sports pundit Walker feels that Brown was wrong to say what he did.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi coming up against Celtic's Scott Brown

“I can pretty much guarantee that Walker's manager (Robbie Neilson) and team-mates shook his hand at half-time knowing that they were now in a level game," he said to Sky Sports, via The Record.

“Equally, they will be horrified later in the season if they are on the wrong end of a dubious foul or penalty that results in lost points.

“That's why Brown's comments were immature and thoughtless. Adopting the moral high ground is a dangerous stance to take on incidents like this."

Given that Celtic went on to win the match after debutant Scott Sinclair netted a late winner, it is obvious that although Brown's comments were strong, they came from a real place.

It shows that he was not willing to turn the other cheek on the basis that the incident did not deprive the Bhoys of anything in the end, and such principles are admirable.

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