Celtic manager Neil Lennon expressed his delight that the club did not take a decision to let Scott Brown leave for Australia or Major League Soccer last year, The Scottish Sun reported at the weekend.
The same paper reported in December of 2018 that Brown had offers from Australia and that clubs in the United States were also expressing an interest in him ahead of the January transfer window, with his contract at the time due to expire.
Celtic though got their act together and signed the veteran midfielder up until the end of next season.
Lennon wasn’t manager when Brown eventually put pen to paper on his new deal but has now expressed that he thought the exit would have been a disastrous turn of events.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “I wasn’t here at the time but, when I heard the talk about him possibly going to Australia, I thought it would have been a disaster.
“He is looking well and he has had a great season so far. Scott sets the tempo at this club for all the players.
“In training, he still has that great desire to work hard and all the boys take their lead from him as captain.
“You can’t give him that, or coach that into someone, it is built in him.”
Lennon’s assessment of Brown’s importance to Celtic is spot on.
He’s a modern club legend and it’s clearly a priority for the Bhoys to keep him at Celtic Park until he retires.
In Lennon, he also has a manager who will trust him until the very end. He has shown no sign of dropping the midfielder or even slowing down his scheduled.
One day Celtic will have to cross that bridge and ensure there’s a long-term replacement in place.
Right now though, we should enjoy the captain while we have him and be glad no hasty decisions were made when it came to a potential exit.