Scott Brown reunion takes backseat for Aberdeen v Celtic

By Euan Davidson

October 1, 2021

You have to wonder what Aberdeen Scott Brown is making of Celtic just now, with the Bhoys headed up to the Granite City this weekend.

It’ll be the first time Broony has played against the Bhoys since he was at Hibernian, and it comes during a difficult run for both sides.

Under Stephen Glass, the Dons have tried a different, more attacking approach, but it’s not paying off just yet. Aberdeen sit a place below Celtic [SPFL], and are without a win in six matches [WhoScored?].

Brown, brought in as both a player and coach, is trying his hardest. But his Dons side are on a downward trajectory, and desperately need some points on the board to build momentum.

Funny, then, that he should meet his old side who are in much the same position. Defeats against Rangers, Livingston and Hearts have created early problems for Celtic, who haven’t won an away game domestically in months.

For Sunday, there’s a big opportunity for both sides to turn a dismal tide. You’d have thought, then, that more would be made of Scott Brown’s role in all of this.

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No time for emotion, with Scott Brown, Aberdeen and Celtic all knowing exactly what they need to do

Given the importance of the match on Sunday, little time has been devoted to the Scott Brown sub-plot. And that’s not because it doesn’t matter, it’s just taken on less significance given the form of both sides.

There are fears, of course, that Brown could haunt a Celtic midfield that has struggled to get going in recent weeks. The Rogic and Turnbull partnership hasn’t paid dividends. Callum McGregor – Brown’s replacement as captain – is still recovering from a rare injury, despite playing last night.

If Aberdeen were playing better, you could argue that Broony would be relishing the opportunity to do some damage against Celtic.

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Maybe he is, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it. Instead, both sides are low on confidence and Sunday could be an ugly bout between two out-of-form outfits.

This is the kind of game that Brown would’ve been right up for at Celtic. The Bhoys need to graft to get past Aberdeen, at a difficult venue that Broony absolutely loved to play at. Instead, he’s in the opposition line-up, and that’s going to be a genuinely incongruous sight.

There’ll be no time for emotion, though. The job at hand is too vital for both sides.

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