Craig Brown on the big game

As a young player Craig Brown served with Dundee and Falkirk and after `hanging up his boots` had a lengthly managerial career with Preston, Motherwell and laterly eight years with Clyde.

He managed Scotland`s Under-21s and was of course Scotland`s longest serving team manager from 1993 to 2001 and helped us qualify for both Euro England and the World Cup in France.

Speaking to the `Official Website` this morning Craig admitted, "We`re getting results and we`re now in the top half of the table but I wouldn`t say we`re `flying`!

"We`re winning through by the odd goal, defending well and getting the breaks.

"Obviously we`ve had Queens watched by our scouts but I haven`t actully seen them play myself this season.

"I knew Gus MacPherson well when he played with Kilmarnock and he was a terrific player.

"As for Andy Millen, I knew him best as a Clyde player and he`s been with a host of clubs. Another great guy and someone youngsters could learn a lot from.

"I also know Nicky Clark--a bright young lad, also Sam Parkin who we came up against earlier this season at St Johnstone.

"I notice he scored a couple of goals in his debut against Morton on Saturday so we`ll have to keep a close watch on him.

"However, the player I admire most of all is Allan Johnston! His nick-name `Magic` is most apt as he`s a real model for any youngster.

"When I was Scotland manager Allan was in the team for a friendly match against Germany in Bremen--and he was brilliant!

"I witnessed the best `step-over` I`ve ever seen and he`s the type of player any youngster could learn a lot from.

"I wasn`t at Hampden for that memorable semi-final between Queens and Aberdeen in 2008 but I did watch in on TV.

"It was real end-to-end action and terrific to watch. But naturally I`m hoping the result will be different at Pittodrie on Saturday.