Scott Brown has opened up on life after retirement, as he reiterated his desire to become a coach.
The Celtic captain was often seen working with the under-20s in recent years. Unfortunately, however, time commitments meant that he had to halt those plans and spend more time resting.
But that hasn’t stopped Brown’s enthusiasm for coaching. He’s already achieved his B license and is currently studying for his A license – plans are therefore in place for the Celtic man to continue his career on the other side of the touchline.
And as he looked ahead to life after his playing days, the Celtic man only had one thing on his mind. Speaking in the Daily Record, Brown still didn’t hint at when he would call it a day on his playing career.
“Football is all I know how to do. It’s the thing that drives me daily. When I retire – and I will eventually, I can’t go on forever – I want to stay in the game, be part of it.
“I want to be part of a different drive, a different motivation. I want that feeling when you wake up, knowing what you want to do, not sitting in the house bored and wondering what you’re doing for the next six months.
“I’m still learning now. And I’ve got a lot more to do before becoming a coach. It’s just that willingness to put the hard work in as well. All the guys here are probably ahead of me. Most are coaches, doing it daily.”
All the qualities of a future Celtic manager?
Brown’s playing career will demand him a place at a big club when he starts his coaching career. It wouldn’t even be surprising if he stayed at Lennoxtown either. Working with the under-20s and the reserves could prove to be a good start for him when he decides he’s tired of bossing Scottish football.
Of course, this doesn’t confirm that Brown wants to take the steps towards being an actual manager. He could just have his eyes on helping in the background. But if he does decide to be the main man one day, he has future Celtic manager written all over him.
His transition could be eerily similar to Neil Lennon’s. Lennon left Celtic in 2007, but was back not even a full year later to become a coach under Gordon Strachan. A couple of years working in the background under Strachan and Tony Mowbray arrived before he was handed the interim baton and ran with it.
That’s all it takes to have a break in management. Brown has shown throughout his playing career that he has the leadership, motivational skills, and drive to be a managerial success. If he decides not as a manager, then certainly as a first-team coach. But with the way he talks, it seems he’s eyeing up being a gaffer one day.
Brown’s intelligence doesn’t get the praise it deserves from rival supporters in Scottish football. If he decides to become a manager one day, it would certainly show us all just how much Brown has learned in the game over the years.
In any case, hopefully we still have a couple of years out of Brown yet. There is still 10-in-a-row to win, and that alone will surely drive him for a further two years yet.