Some of the great losers in Scottish football have been queuing up to explain how Scott Brown lacks class.
From the moment that the Celtic skipper lifted the Scottish Cup above his head at Hampden on Saturday the sportsmanship snipers have been taking aim. Their hurt is obvious to all.
For just over an hour at Hampden Steven MacLean wasted time at every opportunity, delaying free kicks and throw ins, if he was half as efficient in front of goal Craig Levein might have broken his managerial duck in terms of winning trophies.
Back in October the Hearts striker was given a two match retrospective suspension for grabbing Eboue Kouassi by the testicles, match referee Willie Collum decided that a word of warning would do the trick.
After picking up his loser medal at Hampden MacLean told The Scotsman: “That’s Broony. He won’t change and I won’t change either. He will kick lumps out of me and I will kick lumps out of him, that’s what happens.
“I’ll see him again next season and we will probably kick lumps out of each other again. The celebrations, there was no need for it but that’s what he’s like. Him and Lustig, that’s what they do and it’s not the first time.
Broony lacks class eh…..don’t make me laugh pic.twitter.com/TbNAA86TAh
— Stephen Cleary (@stephencleary8) May 27, 2019
Next up for a lecture on dignity, sportsmanship and respect was Christophe Berra who told the Edinburgh News: “Scott is a good player but he is using his dominance in the league a wee bit and there is a wee bit of cockiness. They (Celtic) have earned it but sometimes you should just show a bit of respect and get on with it.
“Scott is getting a bad name for himself at some points. It is not classy and you don’t see that happening at the top level at clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool who dominate down there. They have a bit of class about them. He (Scott) has had it all his own way for a long time and all credit to him, he is a good player and the team have done well, but sometimes you can be a bit more classy and a sportsman.”
Adding the view of a hipster, The Sun reported BBC pundit Steven Thompson saying: “There is nothing more frustrating than losing a cup final. The Hearts players would have been, especially with how close they were to winning that final, absolutely dejected. So to have Brown rub it in their faces, yeah it lacked class.”
Brown has more than double the amount of winners medals that MacLean, Berra and Thompson have won between themselves.