Celtic captain Scott Brown has blasted players of Football Manager.

The Bhoys’ number 8 was firm in his defence of manager Neil Lennon. He discussed pressure, titles and his future in football, with his contract running out soon.

Brown, rated 17 for Bravery in the latest edition of the football management sim, is a steadfast defender of manager Neil Lennon. It isn’t surprising to hear him offer his latest riposte to critics.

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The Celtic captain said (Daily Record):

“Seeing him come in and work as hard as he does – and how hard everyone at Lennoxtown works – and especially how we prepare for game days.

“Then there’s the way we set up for training, when we get days off and how much time we have for recovery and then how we train in the two or three days before a match and how it’s built up.

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“I like that part of things, I enjoy it. Management is never going to be easy – there are always going to be people out there who think they know better because they’ve been playing Football Manager throughout their career and they know the best line-up.

“Ask them to give a team talk to the lads, though, and they would struggle.

 

“A lot of people have their say now – it’s part and parcel of living in 2021.”

Celtic captain Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown in training on Monday / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic captain Scott Brown goes after stat enthusiasts

Brown (Jumping reach: 9) is going after a particular subsection of fans here. There are plenty of supporters of every football club who like a bit of FM.

That doesn’t mean they automatically think they could manage a football club in real life. In much the same way that plumbers likely aren’t inspired by Super Mario.

The game, developed by Sports Interactive, has been used as a recruitment tool for real-life coaches (Guardian). FM relies on a vast international scouting network who assess players with intense detail.

Yes, FM might’ve given rise to the most annoying folk at the pub, who’ll tell you about a Norwegian youngster who’s the “next big thing”. Ultimately, though, it’s harmless.

If there’s a mainstream avenue for football fans to properly understand tactics and football strategy without having to pay for UEFA coaching badges, is it such a bad thing? It’s no different from the past 30+ years of football simulations, and it’s an odd thing to bring up.

Also, even at 35, Broony is class on FM. Genuinely. And perhaps most tellingly, he’s always willing to join your coaching staff once he retires.

Meanwhile, another saga is turning uglier.

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