Edouard, Lustig and more flock to Celtic legend Scott Brown's Instagram after emotional, lengthy statement
Celtic legend Scott Brown has released an emotional statement on Instagram tonight, confirming that the has retired from playing football.
The former Bhoys captain said: “So after 20 years, almost 800 appearances at Club level, 55 caps for my country, 10 league titles, 6 Scottish Cup and 7 League Cup wins, it is with a heavy heart that I hang up my boots.
“When I first started playing, I never dreamt that I would achieve everything that I have-23 honours and captaining Club and Country. For this, I would like to thank every teammate, coach, backroom staff and everyone behind the scenes that I have worked with over the years. You believed in me which gave me the confidence to push myself to accomplish everything I have.
“I have made some incredible memories – leading the team out to the unbelievable atmosphere at Celtic Park on Champions League nights, captaining Celtic through the invincible treble season, going on to becoming quadruple treble, 9 in a row Champions and wearing the armband for my Country will be amongst my proudest moments.
“To every fan who has supported me from the terraces, thank you. As someone once said, football without fans is nothing and I have been proud to represent you on the pitch. I hope that I will be able to say a proper farewell to all those who have supported me through the years.
“To my family, thank you for supporting my dream and for putting up with me, from those early days at Hibs which I loved and who gave me my chance of my dream. I am excited for the next stage of my career, fully focusing on becoming a Manager as I make the switch from the pitch to the dugout. Thank you and until we meet again.”
A number of his former teammates have since flocked to his post to leave a comment, including Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and Jonny Hayes.
Brown was incredibly popular with his teammates at all of his former clubs, so I’m sure this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to good wishes.
The former Hoops midfielder now has management ambitions, having been linked with the Raith Rovers and Fleetwood Town jobs over the last week.
It seems likely we’ll see him in the dugout as early as next season and of course, we’re all wishing he’s a success in that discipline as much as he was a play.
Good luck Scott!