Scott Brown has set himself a superb target to work towards as the outgoing Celtic captain looks ahead to the final days of his career.
Brown’s extraordinary Celtic days came to an end today with a 0-0 draw at Easter Road. After 14 years and 22 trophies at Parkhead, the time is right for the on-field leader to take up his role as a player/coach with Aberdeen.
The big question now is how long Brown actually has in his legs. Does he see his player role at Aberdeen being a short-term one, for example? Or does he feel as though he still has plenty to give in the coming years on the pitch?
Speaking to BBC Scotland post-match today [15/05, 15:46], it appears to be the latter. As he sent a goodbye message to the Celtic supporters, Brown admitted he’s targeting playing until he’s 40.”
“I’m not an emotional guy, I take everything in my stride. I’ll miss playing in front of 60,000, I’ll miss not seeing and waving goodbye to the Celtic fans, but I’ll be back – I’ll be back in a nice Aberdeen strip. I’ll be looking forward to that.
“Gordon Strachan played until he was 40. I’m not saying I’m going to play until I’m 40 but I’m going to give it a right good go.”
Scott Brown has several years in him yet at the right level; right to set 40 target
There’s absolutely nothing to suggest that Brown can’t continue playing for the next several years at least.
Just because he hasn’t been putting the performances in this season that he has in recent years doesn’t mean he isn’t still a top pro. Celtic operate at such an incredible high standard that it’s easy to dip below what’s required. Unfortunately, Brown’s age has eventually caught up to him, and at 35, that’s mighty impressive. He can look back on his Parkhead career with immense pride, which he undoubtedly will do.
However, he would still walk into any team in Scottish football and be an asset. Even a stay at Celtic would’ve been welcomed by the Hoops if he didn’t feel the time was right o move on.
Brown is right not to say flat out that he’ll go on until he’s 40. That’s a risky game to play. However, it’s certainly a target he can aspire towards. As things stand, and judging by Aberdeen’s performances this season, he’ll walk in there and be their best player.
It looks like being a long time before Broony doesn’t have a future on the pitch. Just because he’s leaving the top club in Scottish football doesn’t mean his days are over. Quite the opposite, by going to Aberdeen he’ll get himself guaranteed minutes on a weekly basis. That’s not something we would be in a position to offer him next season.
So hopefully things go well for him next season. Outside of those games against Celtic of course!