Lewis Ferguson addresses intriguing April clash with Celtic captain Scott Brown

By David Walton

April 15, 2021

Aberdeen midfielder Lewis Ferguson believes that his next clash with Celtic will be “strange” due to the intriguing Scott Brown factor.

Brown is already signed up to be the next Dons assistant manager for next season. He’ll join the Pittodrie side in a player/coach capacity when his Celtic contract expires.

However, that leaves four more league matches for him to negotiate at Parkhead as well as a potential Scottish Cup run. He’ll come up against his future employer on at least one occasion, with a potential cup meeting not outside the realm of possibility either.

Ferguson, meanwhile, will be a direct rival in the middle of the park. And the Dons man has been discussing that potential battle as he struggled in explaining what to make of it.

As quoted by the Times, Ferguson said: “It will probably be strange for all parties if that’s the case – if you’re playing against someone you know you are going to play with next year in front of your new manager.

“It will be a strange situation but you just have to go into it, be selfish, try to produce a good performance and catch the manager’s eye to impress him. I’m pretty sure he won’t drop his standards for that game. He’s a good professional and every good professional goes into a game with the mentality of trying to win.

“I’m looking forward to it. It won’t change anything. We will still have a battle. It will still be the same. We’re not going to be the best of pals on the pitch because we’ll play with each other next season, that’s not the case. It will just be the same as it’s always been.”

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Both Ferguson and Brown have had a host of battles together since the youngster signed for the Dons back in 2018. However, more often than not it’s Broony who always gets the last laugh.

Celtic will face Aberdeen at Pittodrie next weekend and could meet again in the Scottish Cup. Goodness knows how high the tension bar will be raised ahead of it. It puts Ferguson in an unusual situation.

He says nothing will be held back, but it’ll be interesting to see how he approaches any 50-50s with his future assistant manager. It may not be wise to go in on him too late considering he’ll be helping to pick the Dons team next year!

Lewis Ferguson loses out to Celtic captain Scott Brown (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

What’s even more ironic is that Brown will be coming up against his future boss in Stephen Glass too. Glass will take charge of Aberdeen for the first time in their Scottish Cup clash with Livingston this weekend. Meaning any future ties with Celtic will see him in charge. Brown will be actively responsible for ensuring Glass’ start at Pittodrie isn’t a fast one.

It’s an absolutely incredible situation that we’re involved in here. It’s going to be the main narrative of the week after this weekend’s Scottish Cup clash at Ibrox is done and dusted.

If anything, at least it keeps the fixture exciting with the league title already gone.

In other news, Chris Sutton has provided a harsh verdict on a 16-goal Celtic man.