Scott Brown recalls his first meeting with Neil Lennon as a Celtic player

By John Reid

November 22, 2019

Scott Brown and Neil Lennon are both modern-day Celtic icons. In two spells as manager and as a player, Lennon has led the Hoops to countless trophies. Brown has captained the current Hoops side to eight titles in a row. Their relationship has been key to Celtic’s continued success.

However, Brown has admitted that when he signed for Celtic back in 2007, he was concerned about meeting Lennon due to some battles on the pitch when Brown was a Hibs player. However, after talking to Lennon, his mind was soon put at ease.

“We’d had a few run-ins”

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“When I signed I remember the first face I saw was Neil’s. We’d had a few run-ins before then, so I was worried, but he spent 40 minutes telling me how much I’d love the club” Brown said, as quoted by the Celtic Twitter account at the ‘An Evening With Broony’ event.

Brown was a very combative midfielder during his time at Hibs, similar to Lennon when he played for Celtic. Therefore, it is no surprise that the duo had a ‘few run-ins’ on the pitch.

However, Lennon’s talk with Brown must have had the desired effect. Brown has spent the last 12 years of his career at Celtic Park.

The duo work well together

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The duo work well together as Celtic’s manager and captain. This was particularly shown last season, when both men helped to drag a Celtic team that wasn’t playing well to a third consecutive domestic treble. That might not have happened if the pair were not so committed to making sure that the Hoops have success.

The good news for Celtic fans is that Lennon and Brown don’t seem to be finished yet. Both men will want to add to their trophy haul before the end of the season. With the success that the duo have had over the years, you would not bet against them having more glory days at Celtic Park.