67 Hail Hail got the chance to speak to former Celtic captain Scott Brown today, who was promoting his upcoming club event at the Hydro in Glasgow with Mikael Lustig.
The Fleetwood manager was on fine form, delighted to engage with assembled fan media to answer questions openly and honestly. Reflecting largely on his time at the Bhoys, Brown made it clear he would have loved to have had a proper goodbye with supporters.
Having left the club by the time fans returned to stadiums following the pandemic, Brown’s only tangible last bit of interaction with the wide support before retirement came when he was an Aberdeen player. He visited Celtic Park with the Dons side in November 2021 and when he was substituted off in the 66th minute got a great ovation from the home fans in the process.
Ange offered Scott Brown a big Celtic moment
However, he could have had an even more special moment with the support after Ange Postecoglou offered to let him take an extended bow. For Brown, it was appreciated but something he had to turn down.
Asked about that trip to Celtic Park today, the former captain told 67 Hail Hail: “I pulled up because I was old and fragile. I just saw Jonny Hayes score an own goal. It meant a lot but it would have been disrespectful for me to walk all the way around the park and applaud the fans. Especially when we had a travelling support down.
“Ange offered me the chance to go out and go and applaud the fans as well. But once you’re at another club you can’t really go back in an Aberdeen jersey and go to applaud the fans. This upcoming event is the perfect time and the perfect opportunity for myself and Lustig to go and do this. Hopefully, it’ll be a great event – there’ll be a few stories, a few entertaining faces coming on as well. I’m just delighted to see Lustig as well.”
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It’s understandable that Brown wouldn’t have wanted to make more of that relationship with the Celtic fans at the time – he was being paid to do a job for Aberdeen and had to respect their paying punters.
He isn’t one to hide his love for Celtic, however, and spoke glowingly about his time at the Bhoys throughout today’s media event, making it clear he is relishing the opportunity to have a reunion in a couple of months.
Tickets are on sale now for the event at the Hydro on Tuesday 18th May with proceeds going to Celtic FC Foundation’s incredible charity work.