BBC pundit Michael Stewart, writing in his column in the Scottish Sun, has disclosed that he never thought Scott Brown’s career would last as long as it has.
Brown’s recent appearance for Celtic against Motherwell was his 701st competitive club appearance in his career.
This is a remarkable record, and he deserves plenty of credit for playing at a high standard for over 15 years.
Stewart first encountered Brown when both were at Hibernian, and he has confessed that he thought Brown’s all-action style of play could have a negative impact on his career longevity.
“Seven hundred games seems like nothing at this stage, he’ll keep going for a while yet. Did I see that happening when I first met him as a kid at Easter Road? Honestly, no” Stewart said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Take its toll”
“For starters I didn’t see his all-action style lending itself to that kind of longevity. I wasn’t sure about his lifestyle, either. Everyone who knows Scott will tell you he is hyper. I was convinced that would eventually take its toll at some point.”
If Brown gets to read Stewart’s comments, he will no doubt have a wry smile on his face. Since he has been at Celtic, he has thrived in proving people wrong.
You only need to look at how he has performed under the management of firstly Brendan Rodgers, then Neil Lennon.
At one stage it looked as if his career could come to an end, as injuries had taken their toll during Ronny Deila’s time as manager.
At a level above most other veterans
However, Brown is now at a level that is surely above how other footballers at the advanced stage of their careers play.
Should Brown keep up his level of performance, perhaps he won’t retire when his contract expires at the end of next season.
Even if he does though, he deserves plenty of credit for the incredible career that he has had. He has proved people wrong from the start.