Celtic captain Scott Brown in a list of seven players who use the "art of darkness" to win

By David Walton

May 31, 2019

Scott Brown is in a list of seven players who use the “art of darkness” to succeed.

This comes from Brazilian website Boa Informacao, who have the Celtic captain in with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Pepe, and Giogrio Chiellini.

Brown this season racked up his ninth consecutive domestic trophy. That kind of success makes you gain enemies pretty easily, however. Brown was cited by the SFA back in April for “not acting in the best interests of Association Football” (BBC). He was then let off as Celtic fought the charge.

Scott Brown has been in the wars again this season (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He’s had run-ins with the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, and Andy Halliday this season (notice the trend?). And that’s been enough for Brown to be selected on the Brazilian website. Boa Informacato describes the Celtic captain with the following words:

“Born of the coals of blood, sweat and tears, his story is that of the Scot who could do some dangerous things in the field to defend his love for victory. He remains the most expensive player transferred between two Scottish clubs, and even at the age of 33, it is still easy to see why.”

Not sure if this is a compliment or not

Perhaps the term backhanded compliment is more appropriate here. The Celtic captain isn’t known for giving his opponents a pat on the back and a warm huge post-match. He’s an absolute warrior of the highest order, and has to take some kickings in Scotland too.

Brown takes his fair share of kicks and bruises (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s not just Rangers that lose the plot against Brown either. Sam Cosgrove’s challenge on Brown last season was incredibly cowardly, as was Shay Logan’s attempts to kick the ball right off him too. The hatred some have of the Celtic captain is incredibly worrying.

For him to be on a list with the likes of Pepe and Ramos is a tad harsh too. Brown takes a lot more than he dishes out, regardless of what opposition supporters would have you believe. He’s hated because he’s a winner, and that much is obvious. Being so successful will do that for you.

Brown’s legacy of success will stand the test of time (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

At 33, Brown is still looking as fit as ever. He continues to answer questions about his fitness levels with trophies and domestic dominance. As always, it’s never enough for some critics, however, and he’ll continue to have questions to answer until he retires.

But his legacy at Parkhead won’t be remembered for being a hard man. It won’t be remembered for scraps with overzealous opponents. It’ll be remembered for the incredible trophy haul Brown can already look back on. Currently on 20 trophies including one with Hibernian, that’s the legacy he’ll leave behind when he hangs up the boots.