Scott Brown’s departure from Celtic apparently got ever closer towards the end of last week.
Western Melbourne believe they’re close to signing a marquee player, with Brown well-known to be on their radar. It’s a thought that would strike some real disappointment to many Celtic fans who want him here for the 10.
But, looking at how the midfielder enjoyed strolling through the Airdrie game, he certainly didn’t look like a player for the off. In fact, in truth, he looked back to his normal, cheery self on the straightforward afternoon.
It certainly didn’t seem like a farewell match either, with the Hoops captain set to play once again on Wednesday night against St Mirren. And whilst a deal remains on the table from the Australian club, Brown isn’t giving off vibes that he’s up for leaving.
Brendan Rodgers has claimed that his main man will make a decision on his future soon. He’s already turned down one contract from Melbourne, but they seem persistent.
You wouldn’t think he was going anywhere
You wouldn’t have known the Hoops skipper was contemplating leaving when you watched him on Saturday, however. Instead, he was crunching into challenges and smiling all through the game.
He was the only player to run up and defend Emilio Izaguirre when the entire Airdrie team bombarded him for the penalty. He was also the only Celtic player to put Airdrie goalkeeper David Hutton in his place after both goals.
Then, you only have to watch him being subbed for Nir Bitton to see the sheer delight on his face. Brown clearly enjoyed his Scottish Cup outing on Saturday, and no wonder as he was back to his commanding self.
Yes, it may only have been Airdrie, but that’s not the point. It was the symbolism of Brown’s demeanour throughout the contest. It didn’t look like a player ready to give all of this up.
We’re not going to pretend we know what’s going on in Brown’s head. Rodgers clearly believes there’s a chance he could wrap up the Melbourne deal.
But if he does go to Australia, he certainly hasn’t been showing much displeasure at his current Celtic situation. In fact, Brown looked the happiest he’s been in a long time on Saturday.