Celtic captain pleased with manner of Paradise exit

By Euan Davidson

May 11, 2021

Celtic captain Scott Brown has never been the understated type.

That’s why many will be surprised that Broony is relatively happy to leave quietly after 14 incredible years and 22 trophy wins.

The former Hibs man, and outgoing Bhoys captain, plays his last home game for Celtic tomorrow night. Against St Johnstone, Broony probably would’ve preferred a massive send-off for himself and the supporters. Or so you would’ve thought.

Instead, the number 8 is pleased that he won’t have to deal with the emotions of a packed Paradise. Broony told Celtic TV:

“I never thought my last game at Celtic Park would have no fans.

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“It’s probably the best way to go out, going out the back door and going quietly. It’s been fantastic playing in front of the fans and it’s just sad I can’t say goodbye to them in person on that day.

“But it’s just one of these things and hopefully I get the chance to do it again later on.”

Scott Brown: a crowd pleaser / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Scott Brown will surely get his roaring Celtic Park ovation

We’re not sure about you, but not shouting Broony’s name at Paradise is going to be a bizarre sensation. One of my favourite parts of the pre-match build-up is cheering for the captain as the team-sheet is announced.

At times, it’s been a momentary distraction from the utter confusion caused by our line-ups in recent years.

So, not having the opportunity to send Broony away is a very bitter blow. However, it’s understandable that the emotions of the occasion might be a little overwhelming. Put it this way: if 60,000 people were cheering you, it’d be difficult not to second-guess a decision you’ve made. Surely that’s true of anyone.

It seems so contrary to have a bold, charismatic team leader sink off into the night after he leaves Celtic. It’s not what’s deserved, it’s not what feels right. Yes, supporters will still make themselves heard in gestures and messages, but it doesn’t seem quite enough.

For there not to be a fuss around the captain feels wrong, frankly. But who are we to suggest he should want anything different?

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