Scott Brown shouldn't have left Celtic says Centenary season hero

By Euan Davidson

February 23, 2022

Things may be looking rosy for Celtic just now, but Centenary favourite Joe Miller thinks the Hoops still made a mistake in the summer by letting Scott Brown walk.

Well before the 20-21 season mercifully ended, Brown announced his plans to leave the Hoops after 14 years, and take up a player/coach role with Aberdeen. Unfortunately for Broony, it’s not gone entirely to plan. Linking up with Stephen Glass looked good on paper, but the manager has since been replaced by Jim Goodwin.

Miller, who played for both Aberdeen and Celtic in a career that yielded 5 trophy wins, thinks Scott Brown could still have played a role at Celtic. And, he added, the Hoops would still happily have him back.

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Miller said [Football Scotland]: “From my own personal point of view, I don’t think Broony should ever have left Celtic.

“He should have been utilised at some point, either as a player-coach or assisting the young boys.

“Everybody fell asleep at the wheel last year, manager and directors. It’s been rectified, Celtic are back on course, Broony has left and obviously felt it was the time that he could go and let somebody else take over.

“But he’s an asset and I’m sure Celtic would have him back if the opportunity ever arose.”

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Joe Miller has a point but for Celtic and Scott Brown, there had to be a parting of ways

Admittedly, it was really sad to see Scott Brown go. What he achieved at Celtic was monumental, and to see him depart in the midst of a trophy-less season was hard to take.

Still, he wanted to play more football at a top level, while starting a journey in coaching. That wasn’t necessarily an avenue for him at Celtic, but it was at Aberdeen. There was every reason to believe it was going to work out at Pittodrie. It still very much could, and if Broony has learnt lessons from it all as a coach, then it has had value.

Would Scott Brown have fit into the Celtic style under Ange Postecoglou? In the past, absolutely. Now? It’s harder to argue. Callum McGregor has slotted into the role that Brown vacated, and has done a fine job. In fact, it’s not ridiculous to suggest that McGregor’s positional change has been of immense value to Celtic this season.

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Sometimes, things just come to a natural conclusion. There was a lot happening; Celtic required a new manager and a dramatic rebuilding project. Scott Brown had ambitions that didn’t quite fit for the Hoops in the current timeline. These things happen.

Sad as it is to say, it was probably something that needed to happen. And the way things are doesn’t impede Scott Brown from making a return to Celtic Park in the future.

If anything, these experiences with Aberdeen have given him a learning curve he may not have had in the Hoops.

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