Lesson learned by Celtic's Scott Brown applies more than ever this season

By John Reid

September 11, 2020

Celtic captain Scott Brown has discussed a valuable lesson he learned from former Hoops boss Gordon Strachan 13 years ago.

It is a lesson that applies even more than ever this season for Celtic. Brown was looking back to his Celtic league debut against Kilmarnock in 2007.

The Hoops struggled to break down a stuffy Kilmarnock side and had to settle for a 0-0 draw, which unsurprisingly didn’t go down well.

Learned quickly that dropped points aren’t acceptable

After the game, Strachan was quick to inform Brown that results and performances like that weren’t acceptable at Celtic.

“I came in, and we drew at Kilmarnock in my first game, so I found out from Gordon Strachan that you must win every week here. A point is not good enough” Brown said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

Scott Brown in action vs Ferencvaros (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“You would accept that at Hibs (His former club) back then, but not here. You need to take the stick as well as the pats on the back, but you must believe in your own ability” Brown concluded.

Brown’s remarks apply more than ever to Celtic this season. Why is that? Because the Hoops are going for that all important 10 in a row.

Poor results likely to cause a panic

Any dropped points this season will most likely cause a panic in the Hoops support. That was the case after the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at the start of the season.

The situation hasn’t been helped by Celtic having games in hand, although one of those is set to be played in midweek against St Mirren.

Celtic captain Scott Brown (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The players that have joined Celtic this season will no doubt have been told about the importance of this season. The likes of Shane Duffy and David Turnbull will already know, but the likes of Vasilis Barkas and Albian Ajeti will have been informed.

More than any other season in recent memory, Celtic can’t afford to drop points. The lessons of 13 years ago must be applied this season. Thankfully Brown is still around to make sure that happens.

In other news, Scott Brown shut down a journalist’s question about Boli Bolingoli.