"Disappoints me"; Steven Pressley defends Scott Brown from Celtic fan criticism

By David Walton

September 27, 2020

BBC Sportsound pundit and former Celtic defender Steven Pressley has jumped to Scott Brown’s defence as he had a dig at some in the Hoops support.

Brown has been getting plenty of stick from those who see him regularly for what’s been a poor start to the 10-in-a-row season. Despite underperforming, the captain has been in the starting XI for every one of our 10 games so far this term.

That’s despite the fact that Celtic have ready-made replacements such as David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro itching for more game-time from the bench.

Scott Brown celebrates against Livingston last season / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, Pressley, who signed for the Hoops back in 2006, isn’t having any criticism of the current Celtic captain.

As quoted by the BBC, Pressley said: “It disappoints me when fans talk about loyalty. Celtic fans haven’t got a more loyal player, a guy more devoted to the cause, than Scott.

“People should be behind him. Supporters demand loyalty, but that needs to work both ways – you can’t be a hypocrite when a guy dedicates himself to the club and then there’s a slight downturn in performance.

“A captain who leads and inspires those around him, demands a higher level of performance, those qualities are immeasurable. Scott’s influence is huge.”

Brown’s commitment has never been in question

Brown most certainly hasn’t once been criticised for his loyalty towards the club. We all know that the Celtic captain could’ve easily taken the move down south at several points during his career, but decided against it to stay at Parkhead.

However, that still doesn’t give you immunity from criticism over poor performances. Many of these Celtic first-team stars are in priviledged positions – perhaps none more so than Brown. When it comes to their earnings, they shouldn’t be getting away with poor displays.

Celtic fans have every right to expect the highest possible standards from each and every one of the players Neil Lennon deems good enough to start matches. Brown’s run of form doesn’t merit pats on the back at the minute, so that’s why he isn’t getting many from the supporters.

Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown (Photo by TIZIANA FABI/AFP via Getty Images)

There will always be an appreciation of what the captain has done for Celtic in the past, but that also must go both ways. There also must be an acceptance that Celtic have been extremely good to Brown too. Nobody more so than the supporters who Pressley is having a wee go at here.

It’s not hypocritical to call Brown’s recent displays poor, because it has absolutely nothing to do with loyalty. They don’t go hand-in-hand. Brown consistently gives 100% for the club, but it’s clear more rotation is necessary.

That responsibility of course mainly rests on the shoulders of Neil Lennon. But until Brown’s performances improve or he gets dropped for a period, supporters are quite entitled to call out aspects of the club’s performances that are notably sub-par.

In other news, a Celtic-linked defender both scored and shined for his club yesterday, before things took a nasty turn.