Celtic icon Scott Brown names Hoops stalwarts as dream transfer targets

By Dave Flanigan

November 20, 2022

Celtic icon and Fleetwood manager Scott Brown has named current Hoops stars Callum McGregor and James Forrest as his dream transfer targets for his current club.

The former captain took charge of Fleetwood in the summer, his first job in management after leaving Aberdeen in March, the final club of his playing career.

When asked who his dream transfers for the Cods would be by the BBC, Brown was in no doubts about his choices.

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Speaking to BBC Scotland, he said: “For standards and tempo in training, I would say Callum McGregor. I would take him or Jamesy (Forrest), all day long.

“If any of them want to come then it’s an option, lads – a year’s loan. Cal has drive and enthusiasm, I tried to drive everything as much as I could when I knew I was coming to the end, but I was glad when I was leaving they offered Cal the captaincy because he drives training.

“He drives standards about the place and wants to be the best he possibly can be.”

Though Brown played with a Ballon d’Or runner-up in Virgil van Dijk and several eventual Premier League stars, he stuck to his choices of the two Celtic youth academy graduates.

“Did I play with better players? Possibly,” he said. “I played with Virgil and Wanyama and stuff, but it’s different ways and different means, for somebody to go and control a dressing room is hard. We have Josh Vela who drives training every day, sets standards, runs the most and these players are important to have because if they don’t drive standards then people slowly drop.

“For me, I tried to drive my own standards as a player and that was just because you want to be the best you can possibly be but Cal was the exact same, he would drive standards and push himself until he couldn’t take any more.

“You eventually break down but then he comes back stronger, he comes back fitter, which he’ll do again and that’s why he’s been a fantastic captain and a fantastic player for Celtic.”

Any doubts that Callum McGregor would be able to fill Scott Brown’s boots and the inspirational figurehead at the heart of the Celtic team have been all-but-quelled at this point, with McGregor thriving in his role as captain under Ange Postecoglou.

After a tough 2020-21 season, McGregor was comfortably the best player in the country last season, thoroughly deserving of a wealth of personal accolades and two more medals for his personal collection.

Though Celtic managed for the final six weeks before the World Cup in his absence, his return for the festive fixtures will be a massive boost for Postecoglou and everyone connected with the club.

In other news: “Those were tough boots to fill”; Greg Taylor still inspired by £50m-rated ex-Celtic hero