Celtic fielded a young side against Hibs on Monday and Alan Brazil was unimpressed with two of the players
Ally McCoist has come to the defence of two Celtic youngsters after they wound up Alan Brazil.
With 13 players in self-isolation following Christopher Jullien’s positive test for Covid-19, Mikey Johnston was named in the starting XI for Monday’s Premiership encounter with Hibs.
The 21-year-old’s footwear caught the eye of talkSPORT host Brazil, who nominated Johnston for ‘Numpty of the Week’ on Thursday morning’s breakfast show.
Brazil, who won 13 Scotland caps in a career that saw him play for the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, said: “Can you put that wee Mikey Johnston in there? Him with the blue boots on against Hibs.
“Can he not get in there?”
The presenter then turned his attention to Armstrong Oxo-Flex. The 18-year-old was seen wearing a pair of airpods as he prepared to come on in the second half.
Brazil added: “And what about this sub with the music in his ears when getting warmed up.
“What is that about?”
Rangers legend McCoist came to the pair’s defence, saying: “Alan, calm down, it was only a pair of boots. it was only a pair of earphones.”
In reference to legendary Celtic manager Jock Stein, Brazil replied: “Big Jock would have gone ballistic. I couldn’t believe my eyes.”
It transpired that Oko-Flex was wearing airpods in order to receive information from manager Neil Lennon, who is among those self-isolating.
Strachan continued: “Everyone uses every bit of technology available to them. We used it, it’s good for a young player to hear the manager’s voice before he goes on the pitch.”
The game finished 1-1 after Kevin Nisbet’s injury-time goal cancelled out David Turnbull’s 81st-minute free-kick.
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