Celtic captain Scott Brown has been backed by ex-Bhoys striker Frank McAvennie.
McAvennie, now a pundit for Open Goal and Football Insider, told the latter that he was disappointed with the team around Broony.
Brown, who has enjoyed 14 seasons with Celtic, 11 as captain, has had a mixed season. In the earlier part of 20-21 he was overused, and looked far from his imperious best. In Europe, he struggled to gain control in matches, and talk of retirement has dominated the headlines.
However, more recent displays against Aberdeen and St Johnstone have shown that there’s life in the 35-year-old’s playing career.
McAvennie spoke in no uncertain terms about the Celtic captain. He told Football Insider:
“You write that man off at your peril.
“Scott Brown was man of the match at the weekend. What you see is what you get. Whether people like or, or don’t like him, he was magnificent in there against Aberdeen.
“He must be so frustrated and let down with the players around him though.
“He will be 36 soon and he needs more legs in and around him. If the others are not doing it, there is only so much Scott can do.”
Celtic captain Scott Brown can’t really complain about those around him
While Brown was indeed excellent against the Dons, these comments seem a little off the mark.
For one thing, it was Broony that was letting his team down on a number of occasions this season. Not the other way round. Particularly, matches against AC Milan and Rangers spring to mind, in which Brown was either anonymous or detrimental. He’s endured a tough season, with Ismaila Soro waiting to take his place.
However, his impact and influence are unquestioned. As Kieran Devlin wrote in The Athletic, countless Celtic stars past and present have heralded Brown’s mentality, work ethic and willingness to give advice. He has contributed enormously to the winning culture at the club, captaining Celtic throughout 9IAR and the Quadruple Treble runs.
That can’t be forgotten.
But whether the players around him are letting Broony down is another question altogether. We know Macca has a tendency for exaggeration at times; it feels that way with these quotes.
Still, Celtic have a massive decision to make in the summer.
Jettisoning Broony would be a huge call.