Outgoing Celtic captain Scott Brown plots managerial path; spoken to Rodgers, Kennedy

By Euan Davidson

April 2, 2021

Outgoing Celtic captain Scott Brown has plenty of inspiration.

In an interview with Glasgow Times, the combative Celtic icon spoke about his managerial ambitions. Given some of the names he’s played under, he’ll leave learnt good and bad practice over 14 years at the club.

Having had his career revitalised by Brendan Rodgers, the Leicester City boss has much to offer in terms of man-management skills and tactics. From a training perspective, John Kennedy is a valuable resource. He might be able to pick up leadership skills from Ronny Deila, especially in connecting with supporters.

But he left one very prominent name out.

Broony said [Glasgow Times]:

“I’ve always had ambitions to go and be a manager and to be an assistant manager, and I’m now in this process where I will learn from Stephen.

“I’ve been learning from John (Kennedy) a lot recently as well, and I’ve been taking it in from the managers I’ve worked with over the years.

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“I spoke to a lot of people. I spoke to Brendan, I spoke to other people like that.

“Let’s be honest, I’m not getting any younger, and to go into this new chapter and to learn from a fantastic manager as well in Stephen is going to be huge for me.

“It’s a learning process for me now to one day go on and one day hopefully I can become a manager, because that’s the drive and the aim for me.

“At the present moment it’s all about trying to get there and learning from the best.”

Neil Lennon and Scott Brown / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Perhaps it’s a lapse of memory. Scott Brown and Neil Lennon seemed to have an excellent working relationship. If anything, Lennon relied too heavily on Broony as an on-pitch leader. There are certainly similarities between the two in terms of position and mentality.

In any case, it’s heartening to see Scott Brown set his stall out at just 36. Yes, he has two more playing years on his contract with Aberdeen. However, he’s already doing his badges and his main goal seems to be learning his trade as a top coach.

In terms of Lennon, Brown will have seen the severe swings management can provide. From dizzying success, titles and cup wins, to having seemingly divided the dressing room and using an outmoded style of play. There’ll have been a lot to learn from Lenny’s experiences at Celtic, on both occasions.

So, it’s most probably a memory lapse. But if it isn’t, it points to a more interesting backstory to this season than we thought.

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