"Like he's in with the bricks"; former Celtic and Aberdeen man shocked by Scott Brown move

By Euan Davidson

March 26, 2021

Former Celtic and Aberdeen man Charlie Mulgrew is stunned with Scott Brown moving to the Dons.

Yesterday, it was announced that the iconic Celtic captain would leave at the end of the season. From 21-22, he’ll be wearing the red of Aberdeen as a player and coach. The lure of working with former team-mate Stephen Glass proved too much to turn down.

Celtic heroes past and present lined up to laud Broony yesterday. The Celtic captain will forever be recognised as a Bhoys legend. His unbelievable trophy haul and leadership will be incredibly hard to replace. A former Scotland captain and teammate of Scott Brown, Mulgrew spoke to the Sun about the transfer.

Mulgrew said [Scottish Sun]:

“To be honest, I always thought Broony would be at Celtic for life.

“When the news broke it took me by surprise because I just didn’t see him leaving.

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“He’s been at the club for so long it’s like he’s in with the bricks.

“Broony obviously started his career at Hibs, but after 14 years at Celtic it’s hard to imagine him wearing another team’s jersey now.”

Brown and Mulgrew have a laugh in training, on the eve of Celtic’s famous 2012 win over Barcelona / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/AFP via Getty Images)

Charlie Mulgrew pays tribute to Scott Brown, while emphasising impact for Aberdeen

Mulgrew continued:

“People maybe have a certain opinion of Broony because of the way he gets in players’ faces, but as a person away from the game he’s very different.

“Sure, he can shout and scream behind the scenes. But he gains respect by treating people in the right way.

“Scott Brown will make Aberdeen better, it’s as simple as that. Even at 36 next season he’ll be a major influence on games.

“It’s probably a bigger club than Broony realised, and it won’t be until he gets to Pittodrie that he finds that out.

“The supporters demand a lot and that brings plenty of pressure. But if anyone can cope with that then I think it’s fair to say Broony can.

“This is someone who has thrived on expectation down the years, so I don’t see that changing now.”

Mulgrew (L) and Broony battle Landon Donovan in Scotland action / (Photo by Gary Bogdon/Getty Images)

Mulgrew is a reliable source on Broony: his read on transfer will have Dons fans excited

There’s been a mixed reception amongst the Aberdeen support. It’s fair to say that Broony made himself unpopular amongst the Dons fans. The ugly episode involving Celtic flop Aleksander Tonev and Shay Logan [Daily Record] will be hard for many Aberdeen supporters to reconcile, and that’s entirely understandable.

From a playing and leadership perspective, though, Mulgrew’s comments will surely spark some optimism in the North East. His leadership qualities are second to none, and he’s proven in flashes this season that he can still contribute effectively at Premiership level.

If Stephen Glass has sense, though, he’ll use Broony more sparingly than Neil Lennon. Even at the start of this season, our captain looked hugely overworked, especially at 35 years old. Combining his coaching and playing roles means that he doesn’t necessarily need to play every match.

Instead, it’s his influence on Aberdeen’s younger midfielders, like Lewis Ferguson, that could make the biggest impact. The Aberdeen youth academy, too, produces talents at an excellent rate, and Brown’s reputation at Celtic for making everyone feel valued, while imparting wisdom, could help the Dons a great deal.

Certainly, Mulgrew’s sold on the idea.

Whether that means Dons fans are too, however, is a different matter entirely. Only time will tell.

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