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Celtic skipper Brown rues missed League Cup opportunities

Celtic captain Scott Brown felt his side were the better of the two teams on Sunday's League Cup final.

The more favoured Hoops lost 1-0 to Kilmarnock at Hampden Park with midfielder Brown suggesting he and his teammates were slightly unlucky in coming across an in-form Killie keeper Cammy Bell who took Man of the Match honours.

"I think over the 90 minutes we were the better side, but their keeper played very well," he told the Evening Times.

"We just didn't manage to get the ball in the back of the net. But I thought we played well and kept the ball well.

"We've been flying recently, but we always knew it would be difficult against Kilmarnock.

"You have to give credit to them because they played a good game as well.

"They managed to go up the park and score and keep a clean sheet at the other end."

And Brown felt Celtic deserved a penalty after Dieter van Tornhout's 84th-minute goal when Anthony Stokes appeared to be brought down in the area with the Hoops striker instead receiving a yellow card .

"We should have had a penalty," he added.

"Everyone knew what was happening and I think their coaching staff knew as well, but the referee somehow didn't see it.

"It was definitely not a dive and he (Stokes) has the scars to prove it.

"That would have taken it to extra-time had we scored it and we were in the driving seat at that time."

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Andrew Slevison
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