Scott Brown’s retirement just can’t come quick enough for some.
The king of Scottish football has reigned in a sensational trophy haul of 20 since he began his career at Hibernian. 19 of those have come at Parkhead, however. That isn’t even including his PFA and SFWA Player of the Year titles that he’s bagged.
Success like that automatically brings jealousy and hatred. You can guess where that sort of venom is coming from too. Whenever Brown has a couple of poor or off displays, many are quick to say he’s done. Heck, some over Ibrox way would actually still try to convince you he’s not even a decent player. Just a lucky man who’s won 20 trophies.
It’s water off a duck’s back for Brown, of course. And, speaking in the Celtic View this week (Volume 55, Issue 1, page 13), the Hoops captain has advised his critics to learn from their mistakes.
“I gave up international duty a few years ago in order to keep pushing with Celtic, and that’s what I plan to do. People need to stop writing me off now and then!
“For me, I don’t really care what’s said about me. I go out, I perform, we win, I play well, I’m happy. If I don’t play well and I don’t get into the team the next game, it’s as simple as that. We’ve got a fantastic manager and backroom staff who will make those decisions.
“I did my ‘A’ license, and I’ve got a few assignments to do before it’s done and dusted. It’s something for the future, of course, once football finished for me, but, like I say, I think I’ve still got some time on the pitch left in me yet.”
Brown’s retirement date is already set
Of course, for those who remember, Brown has now said on two occasions that he will give it all up at the end of his current contract (Daily Record). Brown’s current deal takes him until the end of next season. That, rather poetically, would take us to a potential 10-in-a-row, touch-wood.
But how on earth can anyone say that Brown should be written off in any case? The man has just led Celtic to a treble-treble, playing a key part in all nine of those trophy successes. Over the last three years of success, Brown has played 161 games of competitive football. He’s hardly a bit-part player, is he?
He effectively won the league for Celtic back in February with that heroic last-minute winner against Kilmarnock. Not many outside of the club will realise the significance of that moment. It was at a time where we had a bit of a mental block in trying to wheel away from Rangers. There was a concern that we weren’t able to capitalise on their poor results. Brown sorted that out with his winner at Rugby Park.
And just look at the players he’s seen out of Parkhead over the years. Youssouf Mulumbu, for example, a fine Premier League veteran and solid all-round midfielder, never came anywhere near dislodging our captain from the team.
Brown doesn’t look anywhere near like being done. He doesn’t even look like dropping down from key-player status into bit-part status. He’ll be around for the next two years at least, and, hopefully, will round it off by leading us to the 10.