Celtic captain Scott Brown has insisted he is not considering his retirement as the Scottish champions enter a new season this weekend, BBC Sport Scotland report.
We’ve not even kicked off the first game of the campaign and already the veteran midfielder is having to address his future, the media apparently not content with his previous answers on the subject.
Brown actually told the BBC back in April that he will keep playing until he considers himself unworthy of a starting spot at the champions.
However, that didn’t stop one of their journalists stirring the retirement pot again today, querying whether Brown had given any thought to hanging up his boots if Celtic win another treble.
Laughing off the question, the captain told BBC Scotland: “That’s about 70 games down the line. No, none whatsoever.
“As I say, we take it one game at a time. I enjoy playing, I’ve got a contract here until the end of the season, so depending on how well I do this season, if I’m still playing, if I’m still involved, if I’m still first choice, that’ll be up to the manager and Peter [Lawwell] as well.
“So we’ll just take it one game at a time and here’s hoping my performances are as good as they have been the last 13, 14 years.”
Brown has just turned 35 so there’s no doubt that he’s in the twilight of his career but having insisted he isn’t thinking about retiring as early as a few months ago, it’s daft to assume it’s on the cards if he enjoys another season of Celtic success.
The captain will be fully focused on the next few weeks, nevermind the next few months. He’s also unlikely to put himself ahead of his teammates and be distracted on this issue.
There’s an argument for him to play a reduced role in the team, perhaps allowing Olivier Ntcham to play more regularly, but Brown is still going to be a massive presence at Celtic this season and likely beyond.
The days of 60+ games a season may catch up on him but there’s more of a chance he’d be used sparingly while a new midfield unit forms rather than him hanging up his boots completely.
Brown has given the vast majority of his career to Celtic and deserves to go out on his terms, whenever that is.