Celtic captain Scott Brown has already said player-coach role isn't for him

By David Walton

March 16, 2021

Celtic captain Scott Brown has already confirmed in the past that a player-coach role isn’t for him.

As the debate over whether he’ll leave Parkhead for Aberdeen rages on, Broony has actually dismissed the potential role in the past. It’s been reported that the Dons will offer Brown an assistant manager’s role in a player-coach capacity should Stephen Glass be appointed the new Pittodrie manager [Scottish Sun].

As such, it’s still to be determined what his long-term future holds. Whether he’ll remain at Celtic Park as a player or whether he’ll go into coaching once his current contract expires in the summer.

Yet the truth is he’s already stated that the potential Pittodrie gig isn’t the kind of role he’s looking for right now. This comes from comments Brown made via Sky Sports back in February. Here’s what the Hoops captain said:

“I am still too young for that. I am doing my coaching badges and I am learning quite a lot from John and the manager (Lennon) and other managers too.

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“Now is not the right time for me to be jumping into becoming a player-coach or a coach or anything like that.

“I think I’ve still got a lot to offer on the field or with the lads on the training ground.”

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There you have it. Brown saying as recently as last month that he wasn’t ready to jump into a player-coach role. Surely nothing has changed in that respect over the last 30-odd days.

That’s not to say Aberdeen won’t make an offer to make him a full-time Pittodrie player. But if the decision to stay at Celtic Park rests with him, why would he leave for the Granite City club?

Yes, he may want to be a constant in the starting line-up. Perhaps that’s something that could entice offers from elsewhere. But there’s nothing to suggest he won’t get his fair share of minutes next season. Any new manager will be looking to strike the right balance between Brown and Ismaila Soro.

Celtic captain Scott Brown needs a new contract / (MacNicol/Getty Images)

When Brown decides to go into coaching, Celtic will undoubtedly have a place for him. Granted, that may not be with the first-team. Chances are the Parkhead legend would be given a role with the development squad or at a lower age level. In any case, he’ll be given the chance to cut his teeth.

But it’s clear Brown doesn’t have eyes for that just now. He won’t be wanting to go out on a low note this season having lost 10IAR. With him still doing his coaching badges and feeling as though he has something to offer as a full-time player, the Pittodrie gig looks highly unlikely to say the least.

If he ends up becoming Glass’ assistant in a player-coach capacity? That would represent some change from his February comments.

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