Scott Brown has to be convinced to stay at Celtic

By David Walton

December 12, 2018

With Celtic star Scott Brown currently weighing up a move to Australia, he simply can’t be allowed to leave.

Over the last couple of months, Brown has seen himself out of the starting XI at Celtic. The likes of Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor have shot Celtic’s season with some dynamism and energy.

Meanwhile, Brown has had to watch on from a distance as his team evolves without him. The man who’s led Celtic to seven domestic titles-in-a-row, however, deserves more than to just have him leave.

Celtic fans would expect Scott Brown to fight for his place at Parkhead (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As it stands, only Olivier Ntcham and Youssouf Mulumbu are available as cover. With Mulumbu nowhere near the match-day squad, Celtic would be a bit light if they picked up a couple of injuries.

It also can’t be a coincidence that rumours of Brown’s potential departure to Australia is coming now. With him out of the side for a prolonged period of time, it would be disappointing if he failed to fight for his place. He remains Celtic’s captain and leader, and fans will expect him to battle for his spot.

Plenty of trust between Celtic and Brown

The Hoops have put plenty of trust in Brown in the past. He only signed a new contract last season that showed the faith Rodgers has in his captain. The problem is that that very deal is up at the end of the season, meaning clubs will be free to talk to the Celtic man in January.

Brown, however, deserves more than such an unceremonious departure. Celtic, on the other hand, can’t be so arrogant and think that they can just lose their captain.

Brown has been a huge part of Celtic over the last decade (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Like it or not, Brown still adds some defensive steel that many others in the squad can’t. Up against better quality opposition, you need a Brown in there to help protect the back-line.

Whilst McGregor does his best to do just that, the truth is he isn’t a natural defensive-midfielder. Brown, on the other hand, provides that very quality.

A parting of the ways would be a shame for both parties. It wouldn’t be the end that this relationship deserves.

Here’s hoping Brown turns down that move to Australia, because he’s still too valuable a player to let go.