Brendan Rodgers claims Celtic captain Scott Brown will be back one day

By Euan Davidson

March 28, 2021

Brendan Rodgers reckons Celtic captain Scott Brown will return to the club as manager before too long.

Like him or loathe him, Rodgers knows a thing or two about management. He also has recognised qualities in picking out coaches, and learnt from some iconic names. José Mourinho and Luiz Felipe Scolari employed Rodgers as a coach before his move to management.

So, given his exploits, he knows what he’s talking about. The current Leicester City boss has said that Broony will “be successful”, if he can translate his personality and winning attitude to a coaching role.

Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Rodgers said [Daily Record]:

“It’s difficult to jump straight into management. He’ll go with Stephen at Aberdeen and together, they’ll learn about coaching. He’s going to a very good club.

“If he shows that same hunger and dedication that he had as a player, as a coach, he’ll be successful.

“If he can transfer the influence he has as a player on to his coaching, there’s definitely a pathway for Scott to go back and manage Celtic. He’s absolutely loved there.”

Winners: Scott Brown and Brendan Rodgers / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brendan Rodgers tips Scott Brown for big future; opposing dugouts one day?

Rodgers has already had success in hiring his ex-players. Kolo Touré, who played in Celtic’s invincible season, was moved to a coaching role after 16-17. It’s not hard to imagine that in a parallel universe where Rodgers stayed at Celtic, Broony might’ve joined a coaching set-up at Paradise.

Obviously, that’s entirely speculative. What’s clear, though, is that Rodgers was mightily impressed by Scott Brown. Why wouldn’t he be? After all, Rodgers revitalised Brown’s Celtic career. Clearly, the captain is someone who can take criticism and instruction on board.

Perhaps we’ll see Brown take on Rodgers one day. Is it so inconceivable to imagine Brown being a success in management? For example, we’ve seen Rodgers take on another protégé in Steven Gerrard, when their times in Scotland overlapped.

For now, though, Brown has to make preparations for a new start in Aberdeen. Plenty of eyes will be on him and his manager Stephen Glass when 21-22 begins in earnest.

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