Celtic captain Scott Brown believes international break helped him
At the end of a week where there was plenty of talk about a potential Scotland return for Scott Brown, the player himself admitted the November break helped him.
Brown was in imperious form against Livingston yesterday. Not only did he managed to bag himself a goal, but he controlled the midfield with minimal fuss. Whenever Livi did look to be a threat, admittedly rarely, Brown was there to often break up the play and ensure they didn’t get into our final third.
Earlier on this week, Brown refused to close the door on another international return (The Scotsman). Neil Lennon even claimed that serious discussions may need to be had if Steve Clarke gives Brown a call (Scottish Sun).
But speaking after Celtic’s win over Livingston to Celtic TV yesterday, the Parkhead captain once again claimed the international break helped his performance level for his club.
“It’s been great. The international break has definitely helped me. It’s recharged my batteries and I’ve managed to go again. It was a fantastic performance by the whole team today. We got some great goals and getting the three points was the main thing.”
Has Brown’s potential return been blown out of proportion?
What some seem to forget regarding Brown’s comments about returning was that he made plenty of remarks about how much these breaks are helping him. It’s giving our captain the chance to settle down and have consistent opportunities to recharge.
Therefore, Brown is managing to look after his body extremely well. The stats back that up too. He’s played 27 out of our 28 games this season (Transfermarkt). The only matched he missed was the 2-1 home win against Dunfermline Athletic back in August. Even that was just down to Lenny decided to be rotational.
But Brown has also taken some unnecessary stick for his comments. The likes of Daily Record journalist Gordon Waddell said that our captain should effectively be told to “ram it”. Apparently down to the fact he’s picking and choosing when to play for Scotland.
However, we haven’t heard the same for the likes of Andy Robertson who couldn’t be bothered to turn up for the last two games, then played 90 minutes for Liverpool yesterday.
In any case, this has been a talking point all week. It’s interesting to see that Brown chose to bring up international breaks after the game once again. It’s clear they’re working wonders for him.
It’s also evident that Brown isn’t pushing himself for a return. Instead, it appears that he’s simply there if Clarke wants to talk to him.
The fact he continues to praise what the breaks do for him, however, hints that he’s happy with his current situation. Any Scotland return, therefore, would be a huge surprise at this point.