Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has defended the capture of Scott Brown after a section of supporters took issue with the Celtic captain’s arrival.

The 35-year-old will end his 14-year association with Celtic this summer and head to Aberdeen as a player-coach under new manager Stephen Glass. But some Dons supporters are unhappy about this.

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Cormack has spoken with supporters. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

The fall-out from Aleksandar Tonev’s racial abuse of Aberdeen’s Shay Logan, who left on loan for Hearts this week, has not left a great taste in the mouth. Brown defended his then-Celtic teammate, who was later banned seven-matches after being found guilty of using “abusive language of a racist nature” in a match between Aberdeen and Celtic in 2014.

Cormack has defended the Aberdeen-bound player in a live conversation with supporters: “Tonev was found guilty of abusing Shay and was rightly punished. We as a club stood up for Shay. The only time Shay thinks about it is when others bring it up.

“There’s no issue between Shay and Scott. Both are tough competitors on the field. Rightly or wrongly, players invariably support what their team-mates say to them. That does not make them guilty of the crime their team-mate is punished for.

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Left a bitter taste. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“In Scott’s case, we all saw him in the spur of the moment go over to Kamara and show solidarity when Celtic played Rangers. Scott has led players of all backgrounds for the best part of 15 years. He is today different off the field to his on-field character as many people will know.

“The charitable work he does goes above and beyond. As such, the board is convinced of Scott’s character and credentials.”

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