"I should maybe have retired then"; Scott Brown's candid admission on Celtic exit

By John McGinley

August 13, 2022

Scott Brown has stated he probably should have retired as a player following his exit from Celtic, rather than try to play on for another year at Aberdeen.

Brown left the Bhoys at the end of the disastrous 2020/21 campaign rather than stay in a playing or coaching capacity under Ange Postecoglou.

The former midfielder is now off on his own footballing journey away from Glasgow, hoping to find success as a manager in his own right.

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Speaking to Sky Sports this weekend, he said: “We didn’t win ‘the ten’ at Celtic, and I knew I was wanting to leave. I got that opportunity to go into coaching, to help Stephen Glass in Aberdeen.

“I should maybe have retired then, but I wanted to go and try to show I still had it. I did in a couple of games, but to do the Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday and Wednesday – it definitely takes a lot out of you.

“I enjoyed my time up in Aberdeen, it was a great insight into understanding a coaching role and learning. It was the right time for me to retire, even though I had 14 months left on my contract. I had retired three or four days and had the opportunity to come down to Fleetwood.”

Brown went on to reveal he also had other offers in Scotland but was convinced by his talks with his new employers, relishing the opportunity to jump into English League One.

He also still speaks to Brendan Rodgers, Neil Lennon and Gordon Strachan – his managers at Celtic – to get tips and advice.

So far, it’s working.

The Fleetwood boss has had a pretty solid start to his managerial career, winning his first home league game and pulling off a League Cup result against Wigan to progress into the next round and face Everton.

Everyone’s excited to see how he gets on this season, and hopefully, he can prove to be as adept a leader in the dugout as he was on the pitch for the Bhoys.

In other news, More travel issues for Celtic supporters this weekend.