James Forrest predicts Scott Brown will return as Celtic manager one day

By John McGinley

May 14, 2021

James Forrest reckons Scott Brown will definitely become a manager when his playing career is over and even believes he could return to the Celtic dugout.

Forrest is one of Brown’s biggest allies. The winger has played alongside the captain for the entirety of his Celtic career since bursting into the team during Neil Lennon’s first spell as boss.

He probably knows Brown’s credentials as a future manager better than anyone.

Asked about that career path for his teammate, Forrest told The Glasgow Times: “One hundred percent. He’s doing his coaching badges. But then I still think he’s got another year or two left before that.

“But the way he is with players and his knowledge of the game, he’ll definitely be a manager. He could even be a Celtic manager one day. It will maybe work out well for him to go away first. I could definitely see him coming back here one day and I hope that’s the case.”

Brown will likely want to serve his apprenticeship as a coach first. Ultimately that’s why he is moving to Aberdeen. He’ll gain great experience working on the training pitch with an ambitious Scottish Premiership side.

I agree with Forrest though. I reckon he’s too big a personality and too driven to settle for being a coach for the rest of his days.

It seems nailed on that the Celtic legend will be a manager one day. Whether he’s takes the reigns as Celtic boss is another matter. It’s a huge job.

Celtic teammates James Forrest & Scott Brown / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brown could follow in the footsteps of Jimmy McStay, Jimmy McGrory, Jock Stein, Billy McNeill and Neil Lennon, spending time as both a captain and a manager of the club. That’s a brilliant thought.

However, there’s a long way to go before that happens. As Forrest notes, there’s still coaching badges to complete, for starters.

In other news, another Premier League club join the hunt for Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.