Glasgow Celtic went down 1-0 to rivals Rangers in the second Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon, and after the match their fans showed their concern for a star man when reacting to the game on social media.
The Bhoys went into the contest three points clear of the Gers, but will go into the winter break on top of the Scottish Premiership table on goal difference only, after a defeat which Brendan Rodgers admitted was the correct result.
The Celtic boss freshened his side up for the encounter with the tussle being their third match in a week, but despite the changes he made to the team, the league leaders produced a flat performance and were soundly beaten.
Had it not been for goalkeeper Craig Gordon, the margin of victory would have been much larger.
Scott Brown wasn’t one of the changes made by the Bhoys manager, but he was a player who struggled throughout the encounter. The veteran midfielder has had an up and down campaign because of injuries but often delivers the goods in the big matches.
That was not the case here though as the Celtic midfield was overrun and struggled to get a foothold in the match, against a Rangers side who were extremely motivated by a raucous home crowd.
The defeat will be a wake-up call for the Bhoys, but as far as their captain is concerned there are supporters wondering if the sloppy performance was a sign that he could be coming to the end of his time at the top level.
Many Celtic fans reacted on social media after the match, and the display of their leader on the pitch was a regular topic among their many posts on Twitter.
Here are the pick of their messages:
An out of position CalMac prob our best player today. Gordon made great saves but distribution is a nightmare at times! Brown will be disappointed in himself. Lustig too! Too many never turned up! Made them look good. Winter break timely for us! #celtic
— Seamus McClumfurt (@GlasgowWild) December 29, 2018
Badly missed Mcgregor in midfield today.
Scott Brown has shown us why he shouldn't be automatic first choice anymore.
Craig Gordon is fantastic with his hands, but he might as well wear Mickey Mouse boots though.
Lack of fight in the #Celtic team is frightening.#RANCEL
— 🏴🇸🇩 BE HAPPY (@DeanoBeano17) December 29, 2018
Poor performance. Brown & Ntcham in the middle just doesn’t work. Missed Tom Rogic. It was our last game for 2 weeks so why not play our best players 100% fit or not. #celtic
— Mark MacRury (@mootymr86) December 29, 2018
Brown horrendous today #celtic
— keith finn (@ikeitho1888) December 29, 2018
Rodgers has got it wrong today, missing McGregor in the middle! Rangers have been up for it while Celtic don’t look comfortable. Arfield and Jack bossed midfield. Brown looks like the legs have deserted him! Bad day so far! #OldFirm #Celtic
— Jamie Graham (@Fireflyjman81) December 29, 2018
#Celtic really poor game for Scott Brown. Unbelievable that Rogers decides to play McGregor at left-back weakening the midfield and stretching the gap between front and mid.
— Austin (@Austin42453240) December 29, 2018
A right back. Brown is done. Another CB and a striker. A big transfer window needed #Celtic
— mark millar (@DbyMark) December 29, 2018
Brown's finished in this team and lustig too, Rodgers nearly fuk'd up at Dons looks like he's doing the same here, drop Johnstone at dons but play at ibrox ruin the boys momentum plus Ralston, a goal scoring hit the line RB #COYBIG #celtic
— Joe Donnelly (@JoeMagnetoo) December 29, 2018