"I just keep laughing"; Premiership boss has a different take on criticised Celtic star

By Euan Davidson

February 20, 2021

Celtic captain Scott Brown has had a difficult season, it’s fair to say.

The iconic number 8 faces a summer of upheaval, with his contract due to expire. He’s been in and out of the team, with Ivorian midfielder Ismaila Soro staking his claim for the long-term.

In the first half of the season, fans were increasingly disappointed with the frequency of Brown’s appearances. Even recently, Brown played 4 matches in two weeks. For a player who will be 36 before too long, that’s a fair shift.

Ross County boss and ex-Celtic man John Hughes, however, can’t believe the doubts. Before Celtic’s trip to Dingwall, Yogi was asked about the talent at Neil Lennon’s disposal.

Hughes told the Evening Express:

“They have got some fantastic footballers, and I just keep laughing at all the speculation about Scott Brown.

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“He was playing there against St Johnstone and he was the playmaker. He was orchestrating the band and just keeping it ticking over, making it simple.

“So we know what we are up against – a team I have so much respect for.

“We will need to be at our maximum, every one of our players, will need to be at our best, full-out, to beat Celtic.

“It’s up to us to come up with a game plan, really try to stifle Celtic, but also try and take the game to them and let them know they have been in a game.”

Celtic captain Scott Brown / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic captain Scott Brown may need to settle for reduced role

If anyone knows all about Celtic captain Scott Brown’s talents, it’s the Celtic supporters. When Broony eventually retires, he will do so safe in the status as a Bhoys legend.

One of our most decorated players ever, Brown has shown immense determination to lead the team again and again. He’s been written off several times before, and come back in style.

But at 35, his powers are diminishing. His performances in Europe this season said it all; he doesn’t have the ability to keep up with top midfielders any more.

That means, he’ll need to make appearances from the bench, as Lennon looks to build on Ismaila Soro’s experience. Or, he’ll be entrusted in alternate matches, rather than being a constant in the team.

It’s good that he still earns plaudits around the league. However, it’s in a diminished role that Broony will contribute from hereon in.

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