Mowbray defends Brown role
Tony Mowbray has defended his decision to not start Scott Brown in Celtic's win over Dinamo Moscow.
Last Updated: 06/08/09 9:18am
Tony Mowbray has defended his decision to not start Scott Brown in Celtic's historic UEFA Champions League victory against Dinamo Moscow.
Having lost the first leg at Parkhead 1-0, SPL side Celtic dug deep on Wednesday night at the Arena Khimki to record a 2-1 aggregate success.
Scott McDonald was on target for the Hoops before a late effort from Georgios Samaras saw Mowbray's men record a dramatic third qualifying round triumph.
Scotland midfielder Brown was forced to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench having only recently made his return to action following ankle surgery.
Brown was introduced with 20 minutes remaining and impressed for Celtic, but Mowbray has insisted that he was right to leave the 24-year-old out of his starting XI.
"Scott Brown wasn't ready to start this game," the Celtic boss said.
"It was too important for a boy who has played only 60 minutes of football in nine weeks or whatever it was.
"The team is more important than the individual, I've said that in the past and Scott understood that.
"I've always said that Scott Brown is a fantastic footballer.
"He can play anywhere, right-back, centre-half, centre midfield, right wing, left wing, and centre forward as he did tonight because he has the athleticism and the knowledge of how to play.
"So I expected him to have an impact on the game in whatever position I played him in."