Scott Brown on why he chooses Edinburgh over Glasgow

By Hamish Carton

May 4, 2019

Scott Brown has opened up on why he chooses to live in Edinburgh and not Glasgow.

Given that the Hoops skipper plays his home matches and trains in Scotland’s second city you would think it made sense to live there too. However, Brown admits that having a little bit of breathing space is his preference.

“I stay in Edinburgh to try and stay away from all the football banter and stuff”, Brown told the Scotsman.

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“Edinburgh is more Hibs and Hearts and fans of those clubs have pretty much forgotten about me – so I’m quite happy with that. I can go out, enjoy my meal and have a quiet night.

“Football has to remain in the stadium, it can’t be taken outside. The violence after games has to stop as well.”

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Living in fear

Brown makes a pertinent point. For too long now players have lived in fear of what may happen if they venture into a city centre on a busy night. In March, Rangers assistant Gary McAllister was attacked while on a night out in Leeds. The Scot was forced to go to hospital and suffered time away from the dugout as a result.

Footballers should be safe to go out and socialise no matter their club or what has happened on the pitch previously.

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Could we ever see the likes of the Lions again?

At the start of this season, Dundee United reintroduced an old rule regarding the living quarters of players. They said that all first team players had to live within 25 miles of Tannadice. The aim was to bring the players closer together in more ways than one.

Celtic can certainly vouch for that. Our most famous team ever “The Lisbon Lions” were all born and lived within 30 miles of Celtic Park. There has scarcely been a better knit team and that can’t be a coincidence.