Celtic captain Scott Brown said most of the things you’d expect today.
We need to win our remaining games, the team’s very good, and so on. Even David Frost wouldn’t be able to get anyone from the club to admit the league was over. Who knows, maybe it isn’t.
What was particularly interesting though, was a question about Ismaila Soro. The Ivorian has been consistently impressive since breaking into the Celtic team against Lille. Unfortunately for Celtic’s number 8, though, the roving box-to-box midfielder plays in the same position as the captain.
Supporters have been clamouring for Soro to replace Brown long-term, with Broony’s performances failing to impress over the first half of the season.
Regardless of the rhetoric players use about ignoring press, there can’t be a situation in which Scott Brown isn’t aware that supporters want someone else in his position. And that’s got to sting.
Celtic captain Brown full of praise for youngster
Brown told the press today (Glasgow Times):
“It is fine. Soro has done fantastic and he is a great lad.
“I have played 60 games for the last 14/15 seasons at this club and I have enjoyed every single moment of it.
“Soro has been fantastic, he has bid his time really well and since he came in he has taken his chance.
“For me it is about trying to help Soro out as much as I can because he is still young, he is extremely keen, he is quick over the ground, and I am not as quick any more to be perfectly honest.
“I am here for the gaffer whenever he needs me. I am here for the lads, to help them in any way whatsoever.
“This football club is not about me, it is about putting the best team on the park whether it is Livingston at home or Rangers away, we need to concentrate on that and not worry about whether I am playing week-in, week-out.”
Brown may be past his best, but he’s honest
Broony may just be following the script in terms of squad harmony and PR. However, his comments give the impression that he knows where he stands.
That has interesting implications for the future, because the captain’s contract is up in the summer. For some reason, the issue isn’t on the lips of the Celtic support.
There are Broony die-hards who insist that he should be playing every game. That’s fine, and folk are entitled to their opinion. But as December showed, we’re actually better for him not playing, as sad as that is.
None of this means that Scott Brown hasn’t been an incredible servant to Celtic Football Club. 10 titles, 2 Player of the Year Awards, 6 League Cups and 5 Scottish Cups are testament to that.
However, it’s refreshing to hear our captain speaking so frankly about losing his yard of pace, and standing aside for Soro. On face value, you get the sense that he genuinely believes what he says. How this will manifest in the summer is unclear as yet.