Scott Brown has revealed what Brendan Rodgers told him about leaving Celtic, with the outgoing captain discussing the immediate work he’ll undertake at Aberdeen.
Broony has incredibly played his final game for Celtic. 14 years of trophy-laden success have come to an end, and he’ll now become a rival as gets set to take up his new job at Pittodrie.
Celtic slumped to a 0-0 draw at Easter Road yesterday in what would be his final game for the club. However, the poor result and performance itself was overshadowed by Brown’s departure. He leaves Glasgow an absolute icon and one of the club’s greatest ever captains.
And as he prepares for his next big move, Brown has discussed things such as leaving the Celtic WhatsApp group, his immediate Dons start date, and the recent backing he got from Rodgers.
“My work at Aberdeen starts now”
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Brown said: “I’ve got minutes left on the chat! I’ll obviously keep in touch with the lads, but I will be out that group chat rapidly.
“I’ve had a little bit of coaching at Celtic with Stevie Frail and Tommy McIntyre with the Under-21s. I enjoyed it. Then when Brendan Rodgers came in, he wanted me to focus on football. Now speaking to Brendan, he says I’ve made the right decision in stepping away and going to a different club to do it. So it’s been great that I’ve got managers I can speak to.
“My work at Aberdeen starts now. I usually go away, switch off from football and try not to take too much in. Now it is going to be different, thinking about who we can bring in, session planning, working with the lads, working with fitness coaching, and how we can build for next season. We’re looking for players, we’re trying to sign people.”
Now’s the right time for Scott Brown to depart; Brendan Rodgers just one figure he’ll have learned from
So it’s time to see what Brown can do in the dugout then. Not as his own man just yet, but as a number two alongside Stephen Glass. It’s an absolutely massive move for the captain, and one that can’t be underestimated.
Look at the likes of John Kennedy. It took the outgoing Celtic interim boss a decade to work his way up from becoming an assistant boss after being the first-team scout. For Brown to walk straight into a gig like that at one of Scotland’s biggest clubs? What an opportunity.
There’s no denying what the ultimate goal is either. Brown will want to make a return to Celtic Park and be a title-winning manager with the Hoops. That simply has to be the ultimate ambition as he takes on his new role.
You just don’t get the feeling we’ve seen the back of Brown at Celtic. We could have another memorable period under him still to come, but not seeing him as a player anymore will be difficult to get used to for many Celtic fans.
It’ll be interesting to see him put into practice what he’s learned from the amount of managers he’s worked under. Brown has played under five different permanent bosses at Celtic. The likes of Rodgers will surely have left him plenty of tips as he gets set to make a rip-roaring start in coaching.
Fingers crossed he gets off to a flyer at Pittodrie. Just so long as they’re not playing us in the early rounds of next season.