Brown surprise at award

Dons boss embarrassed to see off Celtic challenge

Craig Brown: Surprised to claim the January Manager of the Month award

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Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has expressed his surprise at winning January's SPL Manager of the Month award.

The Dons were unbeaten last month, beating Dundee United and Dunfermline while also drawing with Rangers and Kilmarnock.

The sequence saw the Pittodrie club move into the top six, although Brown knows Celtic were perfect in the month with three wins.

Aberdeen take on Hibernian this weekend and Brown is now hoping the club can consolidate their top-six place.

Surprise

"The award is a surprise and a bit of an embarrassment because Neil Lennon has won every match," explained Brown.

"I was told that I won it because of where Aberdeen came from.

"We are doing our best to proceed. We have got various constraints at the moment through injuries.

"Last time I won the award two years ago at Motherwell was more understandable because we had won every game in January.

"I hope we can repeat what happened then because I won it in February as well. We have got to push on and try to consolidate in the top six."