Celtic captain Scott Brown wants a Scottish Premiership break to help the national team.

Scotland are in Euro 2020 qualifying next March as they aim to make their first tournament in 22 years.

Brown wants a short halt to proceedings to give the Scottish contingent proper preparation. The move is sensible as the country is desperate to reach the competition proper.


Scott Brown on Scottish Premiership stoppage

The former Scotland captain wants his old international teammates to progress for the good of the game.

Former Scotland captain Scott Brown wants Scottish Premiership break. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Tartan Army are on a successful run of three matches, albeit to poorer teams on paper. Steve Clarke’s men go up against potentially two teams of equal or better quality to make it to the Euros.

Brown believes keeping the Scottish Premiership players fresh will be key to qualification.

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He told Sky Sports: “It’s a huge occasion and I think we need to make sure we try and give Scotland as much help as we possibly can.

“Whether it’s resting the lads for five or six days before that so there’s not too many games, there’s no injuries and he’s got a full squad to pick from.

Three Celtic lads lining up for Scotland against Kazakhstan this week. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been to a Euros or a World Cup so I think we’ve got to put [the league] on the back burner.”

Only problem with good Broony suggestion

There is an unfortunate downside to Brown’s reasonable point over suspending the season. The Scottish Premiership is already getting a two week ‘winter break’ in January.

Scotland’s fixture list is also so hefty even with the current run that teams have now. The Scottish Cup is even going to take place before the end of the league season in a rare move.

SFA and SPFL must decide if they want Scottish Premiership break. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

If the SFA or SPFL suspend the season even longer, then games could drag into June which would be a disaster with the next campaign starting in July.

The other alternative is more midweek games which isn’t good for the likes of Celtic who have been constantly playing. This means that the idea is good in principle but it’s perhaps not doable in the current climate.

However, if the suits in Hampden can accommodate it in some way, then it’s a positive step to take.

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