It's a miracle - Brown ends his ten-month Celtic goal drought

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown joked that his goal against Livingston which ended a 10-month drought was a 'miracle.'

The Scotland international was on the mark in the 4-0 Co-operative Insurance Cup third-round win over the Irn-Bru First Division leaders at Parkhead last night after coming on as a second-half substitute for Massimo Donati.

A brace from in-form striker Georgios Samaras and a header from defender Glenn
Loovens completed a comfortable night for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League


End of the drought: Scott Brown scores against Livi

Brown has struggled to live up to the £4.4million fee paid by Celtic to Hibernian in the summer of 2007, his poor scoring record held against him in evidence.

The 23-year-old's last goal was in a 3-0 home win over now-defunct Gretna at the end of last December, although he came close against Aalborg in the Champions League Group E opener last week when he notched only to be ruled offside.

However, there was no doubt about his strike last night when he calmly flicked the ball past Almondvale keeper Roddy McKenzie after linking up well with Samaras.

Asked about the goal afterwards, Brown laughed: 'It's a miracle, eh?  As I've been told it's my first since December so I'm delighted with that.

'But I think the lads have done well. Livingston came and battled in the first half but we kept the ball a lot better in the second half and created a lot more chances.'

Brown gave due praise to man-of-the-moment Samaras, who took his tally to nine
in six games since making his loan deal from Manchester City permanent in the

'He finishes for fun,' the Celtic midfielder said. 'When he takes someone down the line there is no stopping him and when he scores the amount of goals that he is scoring, then it's good for the club.'

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan is hoping there is still more to come from the
Greece international.

'I don't know if he is at the top of his game but I hope he's not,' Strachan said.

'He wants to do a lot better. You are talking about a guy who literally can't get enough information. When you talk to him, you can tell in his eyes that he wants to do better.

'We do set-plays and you can guarantee that two players will forget but he never forgets anything, he actually tells them where to go so he is listening to everything that we say.

'At the moment he is playing top, top football, although I think he was helped by a lot of the good players in the team which helps if you are an attacking player.

'But sometimes we get too excited right away and we get too negative right away. So we should wait to the end of the season.'

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