Any Celtic fans looking at some quotes from Hoops skipper Scott Brown might have got a bit of a shock when he revealed that he has not ruled out a return to international football.
Brown has already retired from the Scotland international side twice, but he has indicated that he might yet return to the international fold, especially if Scotland qualify for next summer’s European Championships.
“You never know”
“Football’s a funny game and you never know” Brown said, as reported by the Herald. “They (Scotland) still have two games to get through, but you never say never. It would be phenomenal to get to a finals after 22 years.”
Steve Clarke would no doubt love to have a player of Brown’s talents back in the Scotland squad. He would become one of the best players in the side.
However, for the sake of his Celtic career, Brown must forget about a return to the international fold. His game has improved since he didn’t have to travel four times a season with the Scotland squad. Despite being extremely fit, he is not getting any younger, and players more games at the age of 34 will not do much to elongate his career.
It is unlikely that Neil Lennon will want Brown to return to the international game either. He is one of the first names on the Celtic team sheet.
Risk of picking up an injury is too great
Lennon will not want the Celtic man to commit to any extra games, or pick up an injury that could keep him out of some vital Celtic games.
No doubt Brown would like to make his return to the international game, however, it would not be good news for Celtic. He is too important player to be at risk of picking up an injury after playing some additional games.
Hopefully Lennon and Brown quickly end this suggestion that Brown returns to the Scotland fold, to allow the player to concentrate on Celtic.