John Kennedy has quickly moved to defend Scott Brown after a shocking final Glasgow derby result before he heads for Aberdeen.
Brown will leave Celtic with 21 winner’s medals in his pocket. A superb return for what’s been an incredible career. But he was put into a poor situation by John Kennedy at Ibrox this afternoon.
Every Celtic supporter could’ve told you that Brown was going to have a poor performance. He was dreadful in the Scottish Cup clash two weeks ago, and we saw nothing at Pittodrie 11 days ago to suggest an improvement was on the cards.
But Broony played, and he struggled badly. In the end, he left Ibrox with a dismal 4-1 defeat to his name as he was forced to operate for over an hour as part of a woeful 10-man outfit. Kennedy, however, has shown a bit of fire in his defence of the outgoing Celtic captain.
As quoted by Glasgow Live, Kennedy said: “He won’t be judged on that. It’s not his fault. He has come here plenty of times and won. He’s won many, many more trophies than a lot of people on the pitch today.
“Scott has had a terrific time at Celtic. This shouldn’t be any sort of mark against him.”
Kennedy should’ve known this was coming; Scott Brown won’t be known for losing a game at Ibrox
Kennedy isn’t wrong by the way, not by a long shot. He’s spot on in what he’s saying. Brown won’t be defined by a relatively meaningless derby match at Ibrox. Not with the amount of trophies he’s won in comparison to our rivals on the pitch.
Because Brown is, at the end of the day, what they all want to be at Rangers. Steven Gerrard would love if his players could emulate the Celtic captain’s success. There’s an admiration there that many just don’t like to admit. His departure for Aberdeen this summer will see him become idolised as a true Celtic great.
But as for today, it was all sadly predictable. We all knew Brown against Ryan Kent just didn’t suit the Celtic man. Not with the way he plays the game now compared to his opposite rival. Scott has struggled against the Rangers man in recent meetings – Kennedy should’ve known that would’ve been the case again.
Ismaila Soro should’ve been in there from the start. He’s the one who bossed things at Ibrox back in January. Funnily enough, that’s the last derby game in which Kent was silent. He couldn’t maraud across the final third because Ismaila was matching him and timing his tackles so effectively.
That’s something we haven’t seen from Brown this season. In truth, he’s been at Parkhead a year too long already, and it’s unfortunately been proven in our results. Kennedy, who’s trying to show he has the credentials to be a manager, should’ve spotted this. It’s fair to say, if you’re like me, you’re extremely disappointed in John for his decisions today.
As for Broony, hopefully he finds some success against Rangers with Aberdeen next season. Just because they’ve seen the last of him in a derby, it doesn’t mean he’s gone for good. Next year is certainly going to be an intriguing one.