90s Celtic favourite Simon Donnelly shares classy Scott Brown throwback tweet

By Euan Davidson

May 13, 2021

You can pretty much rely on former Celtic man Simon Donnelly for a quality throwback, and his latest Scott Brown tweet was no exception.

The ex Celtic midfielder, who dovetailed with a young Jackie McNamara to great effect in the mid-90s, made 181 total appearances in the Hoops [Celtic Wiki]. As Mark Wilson’s co-host on the Celtic Huddle Podcast, his ear is still very close to the ground on all things Celtic.

He’s also run training camps for kids, as well as being McNamara’s assistant manager at Partick Thistle and Dundee United. So he knows exactly how influential players can be. Even more so, he knows what it means to have a social responsibility as a Celtic player.

During last night’s win over St Johnstone, Scott Brown’s last home game for Celtic, Donnelly shared a picture of a Celtic icon showing just that.

Scott Brown hands Forrest the armband / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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You could argue Scott Brown has a pretty unfair reputation. Because of his laser focus, often robust (but fair) tackling and his on-field demeanour, people get the wrong idea about the guy. Every indication, though, is that away from his captaincy duties, Broony is a relaxed, cheerful character who gives his time to worthy causes.

If even Rangers supporters are beaming to get their picture with him, as Donnelly’s tweet shows exactly, then he must be pretty warm with the people he meets. If you’re a Rangers supporter of any age, you’ll surely see Broony as the enemy. Still, both parties are smiling widely here.

Being a Celtic player can mean so many different things. Of course, there’s the socio-political baggage attached, which some embrace and others don’t. It means being a quality footballer, foremost, but also a quality person. Especially as a captain, that’s just how you have to be.

This is who we’re going to miss. His list of accolades on the park is incredible, obviously. But it’s more than that. Being a captain means going out into the community and representing Celtic to everyone you encounter. And Broony’s done a fantastic job of that over the years.

So, Simon Donnelly, Scott Brown; applause all round.

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