Scott Brown’s retirement date continues to be at the end of his contract, according to the player himself.
Brown signed a new two-and-a-half year deal with Celtic back in January. It ties him to the club until the summer of 2021. The midfielder also stated after signing the new deal that he believed it would be his last (Daily Record).
Since then, Brown has managed to lead Celtic to a third consecutive treble and eight-in-a-row. It’s a sensational return from the current captain, who continues to create history every year at Parkhead.
And he was yesterday asked about his future once more at his press conference as Celtic returned to pre-season. Speaking to Celtic TV, however, Brown indicated that there are no changes to his thought process on retirement.
“I went to Greece for six days and sat in the shade. Probably wouldn’t have been the best idea to go somewhere that it could get to about 40 degrees.
“So I think personally, for my skin, I’ve made the best decision of my life! Possibly the best decision of my life in football as well – winning another treble at a fantastic club that I’ve grown to love over the years.
“I’ve got two years left so if they’re willing to have me for the two years then that will probably be me.”
Won’t ever truly be replaced
It feels as though Celtic as a club has been on the lookout for Brown’s true replacement for the last several years now. There was plenty of talk amongst fans that Eboue Kouassi was supposed to be just that, but he’s failed to show anything since arriving back in January 2017.
Both Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor have both proven they can do a job in the midfield in Brown’s role. McGregor, in particular, had a good go at it during the November/December period when Brown was out injured.
But despite that, nobody truly holds a candle to the full package Brown offers. Everything from how he manages to get under opponents’ skin, his aggression, his ability to dictate games – it all adds up to an incredible football player.
When Brown signed for Celtic back in 2007, nobody could’ve predicted the success he would go on to have. Nine Premiership titles, five Scottish Cups, and five League Cups show the incredible consistency he’s had in Glasgow.
That’s not even mentioning his two PFA Player of the Year awards and SFWA Player of the Year gong too. We’ll be lucky to see the likes of Brown again. But, regardless, here’s hoping his final two seasons are just as trophy-laden as his last several.