Scott Brown’s achievements in football have been pretty incredible, and he’s set to add another to them over the coming days.
Celtic welcome Ross County to Parkhead as they look to bounce back from the Livingston defeat of two weeks ago. Afterward, they will then host Lazio in matchday three of the Europa League.
It would take a brave person to bet against Brown appearing in both matches. And if he does, he would incredibly jump up to eighth in the list of most Celtic appearances ever.
Indeed, Brown is currently on 536 Celtic outings. He needs just two more to overtake Bobby Evans. If he does, it will be yet another incredible piece of history for the Celtic captain.
And it would mean only seven sit ahead of him in making more Celtic appearances. Those ahead of him include the following: Billy McNeill, Paul McStay, Roy Aitken, Danny McGrain, Pat Bonner, Alex McNair, and Bobby Lennox respectively. It’s quite the list.
So where could Brown end up before his contract ends?
Brown has made no secret of the fact he sees his retirement date at the end of his contract (Daily Record). That’s a deal that’s due to end in the summer of 2021. So, ideally, after the Hoops have won 10-in-a-row (touchwood!).
With this year and another still to go, there’s no reason why Brown can’t manage to rake in another 80-odd games or so.
If he did manage to do so, he would be able to eclipse Lennox’s number of 571 appearances. Trying to catch the likes of Bonner and McGrain, however, won’t be achievable.
Of course, there’s hardly any shame in that. Brown has effectively given his career to Celtic. He’s been a sensational servant for the club, and has been a colossal part in our near-decade of dominance of Scottish football.
And it’s fair to say that his association with Celtic may not end after his playing days. A coaching role looks absolutely made for the captain. Considering he’s worked with the development side in the past, you can see him moving into that side of things after his playing career ends.
But there’s still a bit of time between now and then. Broony isn’t renowned for his goals, but if he could nab one against Lazio whilst becoming our eighth-highest appearance-maker, it would certainly be fitting.