“You never know” was the message Celtic star Scott Brown sent out last year, when asked about a potential dramatic Scotland return.
The Hoops skipper retired from international duty, for the second time, back in February 2018.
Scotland have since been reborn under Steve Clarke, going nine games unbeaten and qualifying for a first major tournament since 1998.
And, when asked about that scenario back in November 2019, Brown didn’t officially rule out returning to play for his country once more.
“Football’s a funny game and you never know,” he told the Herald.
“I’m in a good place fitness-wise and in terms of my body and I make sure I keep myself ticking over.
“The international breaks have been incredible for me – they’ve allowed me to go away and relax, play golf and recharge my batteries.
“It’s been hard for me to watch the games because you always want to be playing in them but, at the end of the day, I need to look after No.1.
“They still have two games to get through, but you never say never. It would be phenomenal to get to a finals after 22 years.”
Brown should rule out Scotland return, and focus on Celtic
Right, let’s just kick this one into touch right here.
First of all, our skipper should stick to Celtic – where he has made a pretty slow start to the season.
Secondly, Brown’s recent form would mean he would have his work cut out getting into that midfield – a part of the pitch where Scotland are strongest.
Thirdly, it probably isn’t right that he could just return and take a place in the finals – potentially denying a place to another player who played a part in qualifying.
It will be really interesting to see what Brown does. His comments suggest he isn’t ruling anything out.
He has done so much in his brilliant career, but playing for Scotland at a major tournament has always alluded him.
That could change now.