Delight for Celtic icon Scott Brown as Joe Garner helps him to first managerial win

By John McGinley

August 6, 2022

Former Celtic captain Scott Brown picked up his first competitive victory as a manager this afternoon after a Fleetwood Town winner from former Rangers player Joe Garner.

Brown enjoyed dominance over Garner in the 2016/17 season as part of the Celtic Invincibles team but is now in charge of the former Ibrox man.

Fleetwood Town had to come from behind at home to Plymouth Argyle following a Ryan Hardie penalty.

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An equaliser from Daniel Batty brought Brown’s side back into things before Garner delighted his manager, teammates and the crowd with an 88th-minute winner. Brown had brought him on as a substitute just seven minutes prior.

The new manager was left proud after the match, telling his club’s official website: “It’s a great honour to be a manager but, first and foremost, getting the three points is incredible and the lads’ work rate throughout pre-season has been great. Last week, I was a little bit disappointed with the second-half performance, but today’s performance was so different.

“The lads pressed them up the park and the work rate for the 90 minutes was exceptional. Callum Morton coming back from being out for four-five weeks alongside [Shaun] Rooney who has also come back, it’s helped the team’s morale and size of the side as well.

“It’s about the winning mentality now, it’s about making it hard for teams coming here as we are going to make them work. For us, this is a good step, but we know that there is more to offer.”

English League One is a very competitive league, and it will be crucial for Brown to make Highbury Stadium something of a fortress to really propel them up the table.

Fleetwood now face Wigan Athletic in the English League Cup before travelling to winless Morecambe next weekend.

With his first win under his belt, Brown can now move forward with confidence this season, and hopefully we can see his side find some sort of consistency.

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou clears up Daizen Maeda concern.