Celtic captain Scott Brown has been pictured slumped in the middle of a busy Edinburgh street - as his side prepare for a Cup final on Sunday.
Brown had been with a group of friends on a night out after being given time off from training. He certainly made the most of it after being seen in a drunken state by several witnesses late on Wednesday night.
'Unsteady on his feet'
The 29-year-old visited several lap-dancing clubs and was described as being 'unsteady on his feet' and pictures from the Scottish Sun have emerged of the midfielder munching through some late night snacks.
Celtic manager Ronny Deila has enforced a strict diet regime since taking charge of the Glasgow club last summer. Chips and fizzy drinks have been banned from the players' menu. It is likely Deila will be having serious words with the player, who is meant to set the example to the rest of the dressing room when he reports back to training on Friday.
The Daily Mail reports that Brown was in the Burke and Hare nightclub where he had plenty of female attention. Brown lapped it up and even offered to buy dances for fellow drinkers.
He then left the nightclub and turned his attention to the Western Bar, but was unsuccessful in gaining entry due to his high alcohol consumption. He had more luck at the lap-dancing bar Baby Dolls. It was here where he heeded the advice of the bouncer by indulging in some fast-food.
Unfortunately, the busy night caught up with Brown as he proceeded to fall asleep in the middle of a dance.
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A source from Baby Dolls told the Scottish Sun: "Brown and his pals weren’t in long. They had a couple of dances then left with no trouble, although they both clearly had a good drink in them.
"Scott was a bit wobbly on his feet."
Brown was signed by then-manager Gordon Strachan in 2007 from SPL rivals Hibernian for £4.4million. It remains the largest fee between two Scottish clubs. Strachan made Brown club captain and since then he has played 218 times for the Scottish champions.
When Strachan took over as Scotland's national team manager early in 2013, he again made Brown captain. He has 42 caps for his country to-date.
Brown is still expected to lead his side in the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park.
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