Motherwell star Kevin van Veen has claimed Aberdeen veteran Scott Brown tried to get him sent off during the Steelmen’s win at Pittodrie on Saturday – punching the Dutch striker in a bid to provoke a reaction.

Van Veen scored twice to stun the Dons in a game they dominated, with the Dutchman happy he “kept a cool head” to see out the game and head back down the road with a massive three points.

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ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND – JULY 22: Scott Brown of Aberdeen during the UEFA Conference League Second Qualifying Round: First Leg match between Aberdeen and BK Hacken at Pittodrie Stadium on July 22, 2021 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

The Motherwell star admits Brown “is who he is” and insists the veteran will be good for the Dons despite their poor form this season so far as he reflected on the weekend win.

“Scott Brown? He is who he is. He tried to get me sent off, but I kept a cool head,” van Veen said.

“Only once did I push him, but only because he was blocking me.

“He was trying to get me sent off — I knew what he was trying to do, so I had to stand above it.

“He was trying to get a reaction out of me. He was pulling my shirt and punching me in the back as well. He was trying to get me to turn around and push him over for a second yellow.

“But I didn’t want to let my team-mates down and I managed to rise above it.

“He has played at the highest level and is a good player. I am just happy we got the three points

“It is good to play against a player like Scott Brown. He will be good again for Aberdeen.”

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