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PremierLeague-News.Com - The skipper didn't get to say farewell to the fans but he dragged his team forward as he's always done.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The late evening sunshine splashed across the banners laid out in his honour over empty green seats. This was the empty he never wanted in circumstances no-one could ever have predicted. But there’s one thing about Scott Brown which Celtic have learned to expect over all these years of cajoling and commanding their side. More often than not they have come to rely on him to provide a pivotal moment in almost every match he plays. And so, on the night he said goodbye to Parkhead after 14 years of service, it was no surprise that Brown’s biggest contribution was the killer pass which set up Odsonne Edouard for the goal which put this contest to bed. Scott Brown after his final Celtic game (Image: SNS Group) David Turnbull hit the opener. Kristoffer Ajer and young gun Karamoko Dembele with his first senior goal, added the gloss late on. But it was Brown who did the damage by knocking the wind out of this St Johnstone side which had been making quite a habit of getting big results in Glasgow. With Covid still casting a toxic cloud over Perth, boss Callum Davidson was left to patch together his travelling party. He was still able to name a strong starting 11, featuring hero of the hour Glenn Middleton. Sign up to our Record Celtic newsletter Get all the latest Celtic news sent straight to your Inbox every day by signing up to our newsletter. We cover every morsel of information regarding your favourite club in the form of articles, videos and podcasts. The newsletter will arrive every day at 12pm, giving you a round up of the best stories we've covered that in the last 24 hours. To sign up, simply enter your email address into the link here. And if you aren't already, make sure you join the conversation over on our Celtic Facebook group and Record Sport Instagram. But he could only cobble together five players for his bench. Celtic caretaker John Kennedy, also had plenty of thinking to do. With Scott Bain’s summer starting early, Vasilis Barkas was reintroduced to the goals in the hope that the Greek might look a little more interested in protecting them than he has done There was a start too for 18-year-old left-back Adam Montgomery but, really, this one was all about a man at the other end of the age spectrum – Celtic’s captain, leader and legend. That was the message emblazoned across the ‘thank you’ banner which was hung on the seats at the halfway line. A banner reads 'Captain, Leader, Legend' ahead of Scott Brown's last home game (Image: SNS Group) The same words whirred around the trackside advertising board as chief executive Peter Lawwell stepped onto the pitch to present Brown with a plaque and a slightly awkward cuddle before the skipper raced away into his favourite huddle to bark out the match orders. You could sense that he felt instantly more comfortable in there, doing what he has always done. But St Johnstone were not here to make up the numbers for Brown’s big night. They started the brighter of the two sides, snapping into tackles and generally harassing anything that moved in green and white. They could even have nicked the opening goal after only eight minutes. Middleton darted down the right flank to fire over a cross which the stretching Chris Kane came within an inch or two of poking into an empty net at the back post. It would not be the striker’s last close call.
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. The first arrived in 22 minutes after gloves-for-hire Bobby Zlamal had been booked for picking up a pass back from one of his own defenders. It didn’t seem like a particularly smart move. It was not. Ryan Christie rolled the indirect free-kick to his left and Turnbull thrashed a shot through a wall of yellow shirts and low inside Zlamal’s near post. Again, this was not a happy moment for the stand in No.1 who had been brought in on an emergency loan from Hearts, or for boss Davidson who punched the air in frustration at this calamitous concession. But there was another whammy to come almost straight from the re-start – and this one had Brown’s name stamped all over it. The skipper walked onto the ball in the centre of midfield and was afforded time to look up and spot Edouard on the move. Brown lofted a perfect pitching wedge pass over the top of the Saints defence and into the Frenchman’s gallop. Edouard brought it back to earth with a sublime touch.
Edouard celebrates his goal with his team-mates
Nut-megging Rooney as the defender attempted to track him into the box, he then lofted a chip shot of his own over Zlamal to finish off a fairly perfect moment, all things considered. But the highlight of the half arguably arrived at the other end before the break when, wait for it, Barkas actually pulled off a goal-thwarting save. Perhaps his first in a Celtic shirt. Again, Kane looked like scoring from the moment Jonjoe Kenny’s careless header dropped into his path on the edge of the box. The striker, who’s been on a hot streak lately, looked up to see Barkas coming his way and attempted to beat him with a lob. It looked as if he had got it just right too, but Barkas found an extra spring to leap high and claw the ball down to safety with his finger tips.
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Had it dropped in then Saints might have fancied their second-half chances. But the Scottish Cup finalists went inside 2-0 down and most probably with their minds on more important matters. Even so, they could have pulled one back just shy of the hour. Young Montgomery played Brown into a tight spot and the skipper had his pocket picked by Craig Bryson on the edge of his own box. Middleton’s shot was charged down but the ball spun to Craig Conway who tried to pass the ball beyond Barkas only for Montgomery to race back and clear off the line.
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Ajer’s deflected effort made it 3-0 with 10 minutes to go and then jet-heeled sub Dembele tore in behind Saints’ shattered defence to fire home a fourth. Brown? He had already exited stage right with Montgomery as part of a double substitution. One taking the first steps of his Celtic journey, the other at the last stop. Soon to be gone for good but never to be forgotten.
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