Brown enjoying "banter" with Diouf

01 April 2011 03:30
Celtic captain Scott Brown has described his on-going rivalry with Rangers striker El-Hadji Diouf as "friendly banter" as he looked forward to another Old Firm game before the end of the season. After scoring the equaliser in the Scottish Cup fifth-round clash at Ibrox in February, Brown celebrated by standing still with his arms outstretched in front of Diouf, with whom he had been engaged in a sledging battle all afternoon. Diouf got his own back with copy-cat celebrations while holding the Co-operative Insurance Cup after the Light Blues beat Celtic 2-1 after extra-time in the final at Hampden last month, which will add further spice, if needed, to the seventh Old Firm game of the season after the Clydesdale Bank Premier League splits in two. However, Brown played down apparent tensions between him and Diouf in particular, and the two sides in general. "It's friendly banter," the Scotland midfielder said. "Whatever happens on the park stays on the park. The Old Firm games have been great. It will be a record seven games this season. There is one more to go and I'm looking forward to it. The more the merrier."

Source: PA