Celtic great John Hartson has superbly put down Charlie Nicholas after an absolutely moronic claim regarding Celtic captain Scott Brown.
Brown has had perhaps his poorest ever season at Celtic. The Hoops icon has struggled for consistency, and with the club going from disaster to disaster on and off the pitch, Brown’s poor displays have been a symptom.
However, his 21 trophy successes were clearly lost on Nicholas. He claimed yesterday that Brown being considered a legend is nothing but “nonsense” [Scottish Daily Express, print edition, 04/05, page 55]. The reason? Because Brown isn’t the best ever in his position apparently and because he hasn’t done something great like the Lisbon Lions.
Thankfully, another pundit was quick to have a major pop at Nicholas for the remarks. Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show last night, Hartson hit back with a superb retort:
“I think Charlie’s at it. What have you got to do to become a legend? He’s made over 600 appearances for Celtic. He’s won 10 league titles, 22 trophies and he captained the quadruple Treble in the last four years.
“I just don’t know where Charlie is coming from there, I really don’t. I think he’s just trying to noise people up.”
John Hartson slams Charlie Nicholas for outrageous Scott Brown comments
It’s great to see another high-profile pundit like John rip into these remarks. Nicholas is the perfect example of someone using this one season to totally destroy Brown’s reputation. It’s highly unfair.
Yes, Brown isn’t good enough to play every week for us anymore. But it’s not the captain who’s picking himself every week. The fact he’s off in the summer is a clear signal that even Brown himself understands the situation. He knows it’s time to move on and pass on the baton.
But you cannot take away everything Brown has achieved at Celtic just because the 10 is gone. He still managed 10 titles for the club and 21 winner’s medals overall. That’s not to mention his countless Glasgow Derby successes and his memorable European campaigns, which saw him be part of two Champions League last-16 Celtic sides.
He’s been part of some major achievements for the football club including the quadruple treble and the invincible treble. If Nicholas is looking for something “great” from Brown, how about being a captain for the vast majority of this?
Brown leaves a legacy at Celtic that simply won’t be matched by whoever his successor is. He’s more than merited the title of “legend” even if this season hasn’t panned out the way we would’ve liked.
You would think for a supposed “Celtic-minded” pundit, Nicholas would be quick to acknowledge that.