Scott Brown’s retirement from his playing days will be a sad occasion for all, but the Hoops hero is planning for it.
The Celtic captain has achieved so much at the club – leading Celtic to seven consecutive titles in a row. In a detailed interview in the Scottish Sun, Brown revealed he sees himself as having two years left as Celtic’s midfield general.
That would take him up to nine consecutive titles in-a-row if all goes well. It would therefore be unusual if the Hoops captain didn’t fancy a crack at the famous 10.
Regardless, Brown seems to have one eye on the future already. In the past, he’s worked with Celtic’s development side as a coach before quitting due to the travel commitments. Now? The Celtic legend is taking bits from each manager he’s played under and forming his own ideas.
Speaking in the Sun today, Brown touched on his plans for the future.
“There’s a new way of working. It’s not laid back but it’s about sitting down and thinking about how you are working. You are still looking to outsmart other managers tactically.
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“It’s about game awareness more than shouting and throwing pots of tea at people. I don’t know about Martin O’Neill but Gordon Strachan had a bit of both. He was great on the field but he could snap as well.
“Whether it’s now or ten years ago, to be a good manager you need a bit of both. You take a bit from every manager you work with when you go down that road.”
A future Celtic manager?
It appears that, if and when Brown calls it a day at Celtic, he eyes his eyes on a managerial role. It wouldn’t surprise any Hoops fan if he was to find his way back to Parkhead as the top boss.
Brown has a plethora of experience both domestically and in Europe. He’s led out Celtic more than any captain in recent memory, and has written his name into Celtic folklore.
Two years, however, does seem a short time for a player who’s showing no signs of slowing up just yet. Last season, he bossed Celtic’s domestic rivals, and has done now for the last two years. Another series of impressive displays this season, and Brown may need to re-evaluate.
It appears, however, that Brown is ready to become more of a Brendan Rodgers than a Neil Lennon. Working under the Northern Irishman will have done wonders for Brown’s tactical nous.
Hopefully, but not too soon, we can see Brown strutting his stuff as Celtic manager and see the culmination of his managerial studies.