Celtic legend admits he could stay at Parkhead beyond the summer

By David Walton

January 20, 2021

Celtic legend Scott Brown has now admitted that he may not leave Parkhead in the summer after all.

Broony signed a new contract back in January 2019, and at the time it seemed he’d made his mind up. He was set to retire once it had come to an end in the summer of 2021.

Speaking in quotes published by the Daily Record two years ago, Brown said: “I think it definitely would be (my last contract). Coming up to 36, there comes a time when the body says ‘no, you can’t keep pushing 60 games a season’, especially here because the schedule is so hard for everybody.

“It’s been a long time and I’ve enjoyed every single moment but I think another two years and that’ll be me done and dusted.”

However, the iconic captain appears to have gone back on that ove the last 24 hours. As quoted by the Scotsman, he said: “I wouldn’t say my mind has been made up or changed. It’s for me to sit down and think about my options, whether I want to continue in football or in coaching or elsewhere.

“I’ve not exactly sat down and thought about it yet. We’ll just wait and see but if I’m still playing here in three, four, five months’ time, you never know.”

Celtic legend Brown will be offered new contract if he wants one

John Kennedy spoke earlier this month on the Brown situation. He stated that even though a decision hadn’t been made, it would be in the player’s hands over whether he gets a new playing contract (The Herald).

However, let’s be honest with ourselves. All evidence goes against the idea that Brown should sign on again.

Look, he’s been a legendary figure at Parkhead and that won’t ever be taken away from him. Just look at his trophy haul. Broony has accumulated an absolutely sensational 21 winners’ medals in Glasgow. Not to mention the fact he’s played just under 600 games for the club in total (Transfermarkt).

Scott Brown’s best days at Celtic are past him (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But his performances have been declining for the best part of a year now. He’s been overtaken in the side by Ismaila Soro, and doesn’t look like breaking back into it anytime soon.

Brown has given the club so much. However, that doesn’t mean he decides on whether he continues to remain a player. Not when he can’t offer us enough in that role. It makes no sense as to why this would be the captain’s decision alone. It’s become quite clear that even his current contract has gone on past his peak days.

Celtic could do with showing some genuine leadership here. But if the title is lost, it wouldn’t surprise me if Brown refuses to end it on such a low-point. That could very well be the driving factor in any decision made.

In other news, a report has outlined why Celtic were punished so harshly for their Dubai trip.