Scott Brown reveals the valuable Celtic connections who have offered early managerial advice

By Lewis Laird

February 15, 2023

Celtic icon Scott Brown has revealed he has been reaching out to a number of his former Hoops bosses in his first season of management.

The 37-year-old took his first steps into management at the beginning of this season, following a brief spell at Aberdeen.

Brown took charge at English League One side Fleetwood Town and currently has them sitting in 17th place after 30 league fixtures.

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Last week, the former Celtic captain made history in his first campaign at the club after leading Fleetwood to an impressive run in the FA Cup.

The club reached the Fifth Round of the prestigious competition for the first time in their history after defeating fellow League One side Sheffield Wednesday.

They have now been handed the difficult task of facing English Championship runaway leaders Burnley, led by Vincent Kompany, in the next round.

Given that Brown is still inexperienced in the management game, there are likely going to be a number of mentors the ex-Scotland international will have leaned upon this season.

Speaking in a recent interview with the Daily Record, the Celtic hero revealed some of the names he has kept in touch with to receive advice, including three of his former Hoops managers.

The arrival of former Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers played a particularly big part in leading Brown into his managerial career, and he continues to keep in touch with the 50-year-old.

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He said [Off the Record podcast]: “I was going to last at Celtic for as long as I possibly could when he was there because I knew somewhere down the line, I’m going to pick his brains, I’m going to phone him up and ask him for help. And I’ve done that.

“It’s my first job, and I’m not ashamed to ask for it. I’ve spoken to Lenny, and I’ve spoken to Gordon, and I’ve spoken to Brendan because it’s a big step for me, going from playing football straight into management. I’ve picked Brendan’s brains a lot.

“I’m always chatting to Lenny as well, and I’ve spoken to Gordon as well. It’s small things they might help me with. Things I maybe don’t see or maybe don’t think of.

“I have a good coaching staff here, too, all looking at things from a different angle. I’m not always going to say I’m right, but at the end of the day, I have the last decision.”

Scott Brown continues to lean on Celtic connections as he aims to build managerial career.

If there was one Celtic player from over the years you would have expected to go into management, the majority would have likely guessed Scott Brown.

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The legendary skipper was a leader on and off the pitch, and it was no surprise to see him take his first steps into the management game so early on.

And as he looks to get his managerial career off to a flyer, he continues to lean on some of the crucial connections he built during his time at Parkhead.

Former managers, including the likes of Rodgers and Gordon Strachan, have vast experiences managing in England and Scotland, so who better to learn from as a rookie coach?

It has been great to see the former Celtic midfielder succeed so far in the early stages of his time at Fleetwood, particularly in the FA Cup. However, I am sure he is keen to achieve even more.

So who better to turn to than some of his former Celtic managers for advice, who will be able to help him through the success and difficult times.

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