New Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass discusses "invaluable" Scott Brown role ahead of Celtic exit

By David Walton

April 15, 2021

New Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has addressed the role he has lined up for Scott Brown ahead of the Celtic captain’s Parkhead exit.

Brown is into the closing stages of his Hoops career. A glistening, trophy-laden 14 years in Glasgow will come to an end come the conclusion of the Scottish Premiership campaign. When Broony’s Hoops contract expires, he’ll be joining the Dons as a player-coach as Glass’ assistant manager.

Of course, between now and then, the duo will meet as rivals. Brown will be looking to ensure Glass gets off to the worst possible Premiership start next weekend when Celtic head for Pittodrie.

Brown has regularly been given a hostile reception at Pittodrie, but it would’ve been interesting to see how fans would react if they were allowed in next weekend. Regardless, Glass has been discussing his future assistant, and couldn’t speak highly enough of what he’ll bring to the Granite City.

As quoted by Sky Sports, Glass said: “Scott Brown’s experience will be invaluable to the group. He will help the young players and the team. I think the community around here will love having Scott around.

“He’s a great guy off the pitch. But, for me, I’m excited what he’s going to bring on the pitch and what the supporters are going to see. Scott’s going to be a player-assistant. He’s right in among the coaching. He’s going to learn – he’s already doing that at Celtic. He will be hands-on with us but also hands-on when he is on the pitch playing on a Saturday.

“It shows the ambition of the club – it shows the trust Scott has in me, Allan and the other staff here. It shows the belief he has in the long-term future of the club. He could have very easily stayed at Celtic, so for me it shows ambition on his part. He’s going to be a better coach for it. We’re really excited to have him coming here.”

Stephen Glass securing Scott Brown adds instant intrigue ahead of next season – especially for Celtic fans

There’s something about this move that’s absolutely brilliant for Scottish football. Yes, it would’ve been ideal to keep Brown on if the new manager wanted him here. Of course it would’ve when you consider he’s going to take a wealth of experience and influence in the dressing room with him.

But you can’t say it doesn’t add a layer of intrigue onto next season. It adds some superb spice to Aberdeen vs Celtic moving forward, especially if Brown plays in them. It’s so easy to forget that he’s moving to Aberdeen in a playing capacity too. It could easily be Scott Brown vs Callum McGregor next year – what a battle that would be.

Aberdeen fans have reacted in mixed fashion to the news they’ll be signing up the Celtic captain. Even though Glass stated the community will love having Broony around, they haven’t exactly welcomed him with open arms just yet. But give it a few weeks after he’s signed – they’ll undoubtedly grow to adore him.

Scott Brown lapping it up at Pittodrie (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Because that’s what you get from Scott – sheer 100% commitment. You can bet he won’t be leaving anything out on the pitch when he faces us next season, just as he won’t be shirking any tackles against the Dons next weekend.

It’s an incredible situation we find ourselves in. Earlier this season, you could never have imagined our legendary captain playing for anyone else – especially not another Scottish side. Celtic supporters, however, certainly aren’t bitter about it. Everyone understands the path to first-team coaching was there for Brown, and that’s something he simply couldn’t ignore.

Here’s hoping his last taste of success in this fixture comes next weekend of course! We certainly don’t want him taking the success we’ve had against Aberdeen in this rivalry along with him.

In other news, John Kennedy has spoken about Celtic’s development pathway as he reacted to Stephen Welsh’s new contract.