Celtic captain Scott Brown has admitted that he’ll happily accept being dropped this season if Neil Lennon thinks its best.
Brown is the most decorated player at Parkhead, with the Hoops leader having a trophy haul that sits at 22 – 21 of them coming during his Celtic career.
However, Brown is now into the final year of his contract, and he’s already admitted in the past that this may very well be his last deal with the club as a player (Daily Record). As well as that, there are noticeable signs of him slowing down, with his reactions not quite at the level they once were.
That hasn’t stopped Lennon selecting him regularly of course, but Brown has happily stated that he’ll accept a prolonged spell on the bench whenever the manager feels it’s necessary.
As quoted by the Daily Record, Broony said: “I felt great (against Aberdeen on Sunday). A wee rest now and then again helps and we have the international break as well.
“I’m here when the manager needs me, he knows that. If he needs to use me or he doesn’t because the lads are doing brilliant then I am happy to sit down and watch the lads continuing. As long as we’re winning, that puts a smile on my face and it puts a smile on their faces.
“It is not about one individual, it’s not about me saying I should be playing every week. That is the manager’s choice. He picks the strongest team for the game.”
Lennon still a massive fan of Brown
Even though we’re now into the last two months of 2020, Lennon still hasn’t shown much willingness to drop his captain. You can understand it too.
Celtic have played 17 games this season, and the manager has ensured that Broony has been involved in each and every one. Granted, that doesn’t mean he’s started them all.
In fact, Lennon tried to keep Brown on the bench twice against St Johnstone and Aberdeen last month. Unfortunately, Celtic couldn’t get the job done in either game without their leader on the pitch. Brown’s arrival in both matches sparked a revival that bagged us vital points on the respective days.
So you could say that it isn’t helping to see the team struggle when Brown is supposed to be resting. More convincing displays at McDiarmid Park and Pittodrie would’ve been ideal. Perhaps it would’ve convinced the manager more too.
In saying that, there is still an urge from supporters to see more of the likes of David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro. You can’t deny the fact that both of those 2020 signings need to be given some opportunities in the near future.
Lennon will undoubtedly give Brown more chances to rest up as the season progresses, but it’s clear that he won’t be dropping him for any of the major games this term. Regardless of whether you’re happy with that or not, the manager’s relationship with the captain is too strong for any lengthy periods out of the starting XI.