"I can still play football'; Scott Brown reflects on Celtic exit live on radio

By Euan Davidson

June 3, 2021

Former Celtic captain Scott Brown insists he can still play 90 minutes, as he looks forward to a new start at Aberdeen.

Broony, who spent 14 years with the Bhoys, bowed out after the season-ender against Hibs. While Celtic scramble around trying to fill key roles, the former captain is looking forward to joining a more settled situation. Stephen Glass took over from Derek McInnes in March [AFC], and has already added quality to his side for next season.

Brown, speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, spoke with optimism about his immediate future.

The former Celtic captain said [Go Radio Football Show]:

“It’s sinking in now. I had 14 fantastic seasons at [Celtic] and enjoyed every single moment of it.

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“But I felt it was the right time and the right opportunity to move on.

“Aberdeen’s a fantastic club, and I know Stephen and Allan really well. I’m looking forward to actually getting onto the training field with the lads, as well as playing.

“It’s the right time for me to move on. I feel like I can still play football and get through 90 minutes and help out the lads on the park.

“It’s a huge challenge but I’m enjoying the backroom stuff we’re doing just now.

“Looking at budgets, bringing in players, having to speak to players agents.

“I’m enjoying that part and seeing how the club works. It’s different parts of the game that you maybe take a little bit for granted as a player.”

Scott Brown handing over the armband / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Former Celtic captain Scott Brown relishing increased responsibilities at Aberdeen

It’s very interesting to hear Broony talking about “backroom stuff”. While this is guesswork, it’s fair to assume that Brown could’ve been kept on if he was given increased responsibilities at Celtic. It seems as if the former captain played a part in recruiting players, or at very least helping to integrate them once they’ve arrived.

Everything points to Brown being a manager in the future. But with Aberdeen, he has a soft landing spot to explore his ambitions. Working with a friend in Stephen Glass, he’s getting to grips with setting a team up, and negotiations with transfer targets.

It’s obvious that Glass has faith in him. With Celtic in managerial flux, there wouldn’t have been a chance of Scott Brown performing those tasks had he stayed. Regardless of his relationship with Peter Lawwell, it feels as if introducing Broony to more behind-the-scenes work might’ve been an awkward fit.

We’re sure he’ll excel. It appears that Scott Brown left the captaincy at just the right time.

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