Disappointment for Celtic hero in management debut

By John McGinley

July 30, 2022

Former Celtic captain Scott Brown was aiming for a winning start in English League One as manager of Fleetwood Town but had to settle for a narrow 2-1 defeat away to Port Vale.

Brown spoke excitedly ahead of his competitive management debut after a productive pre-season period and is aiming to steer clear of a relegation battle in the closely-fought division.

Port Vale were promoted to the third-tier via the League Two play-offs last season, so could be one of Brown’s direct rivals in that regard.

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Midfielder Daniel Batty actually got the away side off the perfect start with a goal inside six minutes, with some online Celtic supporters quickly getting excited about a big day for the former captain.

However, goals from Valiant defenders Nathan Smith and Connor Hall in quick succession just after the half-hour mark gave the promoted team the goals needed to hang on for an opening day win, despite strong Fleetwood possession.

A trip away from home was always going to be difficult for the iconic midfielder and Brown will be aiming for a better result at home to Plymouth Argyle next week.

Don’t worry, we won’t be providing an update on the Scott Brown job in England every single week on 67 Hail Hail, but it’s worth checking in on these early stages before verdicts can be drawn on his progress later in the season.

Opening day wins are nice, but the League One season is long and arduous, what’s important is that the new manager has the time and space to get into an improving week-to-week rhythm with his group.

All the best Broony!

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