"Should be kept", "Playing, no"; Celtic supporters divided on weekend speculation

By Euan Davidson

March 13, 2021

Celtic supporters are reacting to speculation linking Scott Brown to Aberdeen.

Reports have emerged suggesting that Broony will be approached by Stephen Glass, if the ex-Hibs man is offered the Dons job. Derek McInnes left Aberdeen this week, after a dismal run of results [Guardian].

As a reaction, Celtic are preparing an offer to their captain [Daily Record]. It’s been a surprising turn of events for a player whose future looked to be a minor issue just weeks ago. In hindsight, it was probably premature to suggest Scott Brown might just slink off into retirement in the summer.

The midfielder wants to play matches. He’ll be 36 next season. Undoubtedly, he still has plenty of attributes, and can compete at Scottish Premiership level. Whether that’s for Celtic in 21-22 is a different matter altogether.

Fans are split on Broony’s future. To some, he represents a bygone era. With Celtic looking to rebuild, old names like Neil Lennon and Peter Lawwell have departed or soon will. Brown is in that category, with many sections of the support wanting freshness around the club.

The ascent of Ismaila Soro this season has also been a factor.

To others, he’s a vital cog in the Bhoys machine, and would help in any rebuild. That’s certainly the view of Chris Sutton, who gave glowing praise to the long-tenured Hoops hero.

Sutton joins chorus

In his Daily Record column, Sutton said this morning:

“With sweeping changes coming at the club, it is inconceivable the biggest constant of the lot at Parkhead over the past decade and a half can go just when he is going to be badly needed.

“Brown’s knowledge and know-how off the park, his motivatory [sic] skills, his leading by example in training and his ability to still perform at high standard would make him a coup for any club.

“It’s for all those aforementioned reasons he can’t be allowed to leave Celtic. Not now. Not at a time when they are going to need someone with his experience of the place and his ability to unite.

“Bundles of new players are going to be coming through the door as well as a new manager. Brown will be the glue.”

Scott Brown hasn’t been himself this season / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic supporters unsure of Broony continuity

Celtic supporters have had their say on social media today, with the rumours swirling across Scottish football. The news has also divided Aberdeen supporters, who are similarly split on the potential of Scott Brown’s impact.

“I will be reduced to tears”

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