Scott McDonald names Scott Brown as key man in Celtic title battle

By John Reid

January 17, 2020

The Scottish Premiership title race of 2007-08 has to go down as one of the most memorable of all time. Celtic eventually won the title at Dundee United on an emotional Thursday night, whilst Rangers were losing to Aberdeen.

At one stage Celtic looked out of it after losing in consecutive weeks to the Ibrox side and Motherwell in April.

Still, Gordon Strachan’s side somehow manage to go on a winning run and clinch a third title in a row on the last day of the season.

Scott McDonald, a Celtic regular in 2008, feels that one man who helped the Hoops win the title that season, Scott Brown, can play a key role in helping Celtic win the title this season.

“How to lead by example”

Celtic captain Scott Brown (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The only player inside that dressing room who knows what it takes to win a title like that is Scott Brown who was part of our team back then” McDonald said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“Scott has shown time and again how to lead by example. He’ll have to make sure younger players don’t lose their nerve.”

Natural winner can be important in this season’s race

Celtic captain Scott Brown and Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brown is a natural winner, who has earned honours with the Hoops under all sorts of circumstances. That includes winning the title on the final day or with weeks of the season still remaining.

That will be important in this season’s title race, as it was when the Celtic side of 2008 knuckled down to win that title. Celtic’s team in 2008 had players in it that were used to winning trophies, same as the current Celtic side is.

The experience of winning trophies could count for a lot in this season’s title race. That is where Brown will come in very useful.

As McDonald says, he can inform his teammates what it is like to win in a tight title race. He could also act as a mentor to the likes of Jeremie Frimpong, who is at the start of his Hoops career.

Should Celtic make it nine in a row, Brown will be one of the key men that gets the Hoops over the line. His experience could be vital.