Elite English-based coach to join Celtic captain Scott Brown at Aberdeen

By John McGinley

April 2, 2021

New Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass is putting the finishing touches to his coaching team at Aberdeen, which will involve current Celtic captain Scott Brown.

Allan Russell, who has been a coach with the England national team for four years, will take up a role as a first-team assistant under Glass and alongside the Celtic legend.

Aberdeen announced the news last night.

Russell is actually Scottish, and has played for St Mirren and Kilmarnock in the past, but it’s his coaching work in recent years that has caught the eye of some elite talent.

Harry Kane and Gareth Southgate are noted admirers, specifically marking Russell out for praise during the 2018 World Cup in Russia, when England reached the semi-finals of the competition.

Kane told The Guardian in June of that year: “Allan does finishing sessions with us, tells us about opposition defenders, goalkeepers, and tells us maybe where we can exploit a weakness.

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“We are all top players, so he is not running through technique or telling us how to strike a ball. It’s just little stuff to maybe give us an edge. He does our attacking set plays, which are going pretty well so far, and we do a lot of work on it in training. Every little helps – particularly the little details at this level in a World Cup.”

Scott Brown has the chance to learn loads at Aberdeen – could benefit Celtic eventually

Brown leaving Celtic at this stage feels like the natural conclusion to his Hoops career, as a player anyway. There’s every chance Brown becomes a coaching talent too and one day returns to Celtic Park.

Working with coaches such as Russell will only be a benefit to that progress. Aberdeen, for my money, are showing a fair bit of ambition with these appointments. They could be a difficult opponent next season.

Celtic captain Scott Brown is heading for Aberdeen / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brown’s move is obviously going to be perceived as a step down, but the arrival of ambitious modern coaches such as Glass and Russell vindicates his decision.

He has the chance to learn new methods and ways of thinking on the training ground.

Eventually, that could benefit Celtic as much as anyone.

In other news, Mark Burchill is being lined up for a scouting role under Eddie Howe at Celtic.