Celtic legend Scott Brown could be in line for tasty Joey Barton reunion

By David Walton

May 11, 2022

Celtic great Scott Brown could be in line for a tasty reunion with former rival Joey Barton should he land the Fleetwood Town role.

The Scottish Daily Mail has reported today that Brown has won the race to become manager of the League One club [print edition, 11/05, back page]. It’s expected that he’ll be officially appointed next week as he makes his first career move to England.

However, if it all goes through, he’ll come up against a familiar face next season in Barton. That’s because the ex-Rangers midfielder has won promotion to League One with Bristol Rovers.

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Barton was the former boss at Fleetwood Town before being sacked back in January 2021. His history with Brown, of course, stretches back to a 7-month spell in Glasgow in which the Bristol Rovers boss firmly embarrassed himself.

Before even playing a game in Scotland, Barton laughably claimed that Brown wasn’t in his league [talkSPORT]. He followed that claim up by being involved in 5 Premiership matches before being released. Celtic, meanwhile, went on to secure an invincible treble as Brown dominated him in their only encounter – the 5-1 destruction at Parkhead.

And should Brown indeed be confirmed next week, both men will be on a collision course for another 2 meetings this time in the dugout.

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Barton doesn’t appear to be as much of a disaster in the Bristol dugout as he was on a Scottish football pitch. But even so, you have to imagine Brown has the psychological advantage in any potential meetings between the pair.

Brown had him humiliated after battering Barton’s pride in the 5-1 game. He saw off the challenge of the Englishman easily, despite the former Rangers man bigging himself up no end beforehand.

So much, of course, is still unknown when it comes to what Scott Brown the manager will look like. How will he look for his team to play? Who will he choose to be in the dugout alongside him? What kind of signings will he be able to attract.

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There have been plenty of former Celtic stars getting into management lately, but Brown’s will undoubtedly be the most-watched when it comes to the Parkhead support.

But it’s a totally new role for the Hoops icon. His reputation won’t mean anywhere near as much and he’s effectively starting from scratch in a new career. The challenge that awaits him in League One will be a big one too given Fleetwood only just avoided the drop by goal difference this year.

It’ll be a big role for sure, and if it’s confirmed, those games against Barton’s Bristol Rovers will certainly be marked on many a calendar.

In other news, Ange identifies the one historical Celtic player he would love to have in today’s team