SPFL boss addresses under-reported Celtic Park narrative for this weekend

By Euan Davidson

November 26, 2021

Under-pressure Aberdee boss Stephen Glass has addressed the return of Scott Brown to Celtic Park this weekend.

Somewhat lost among the million stories emerging in Scottish football this week, Brown will return to the place he called home for so long. In his time at Celtic, he won 10 league titles, 6 Scottish Cups and 6 League Cups. The majority, he won as captain of the club.

Obviously, the day will be an emotional one anyway. It’ll be the first game at Celtic Park since the passing of Bertie Auld, the Lisbon Lion and icon who passed last week aged 83.

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Broony will be focused on paying his respects and giving his best for Aberdeen, where he’s also assistant manager. And Stephen Glass reckons the Celtic supporters will welcome him back with open arms.

Glass said [Scotsman]:

“I would expect he will get a very good reception.

“Everything he did for Celtic and Celtic did for him I would imagine he will get a fitting tribute from their fans.

“However, it’s a group of fans who want their team to win so I think during the game it might be a different matter. Certainly before, maybe at times during and after, I’m sure he will feel what the Celtic people feel about him.”

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Scott Brown will always be a Celtic legend, and Paradise response will surely reflect that

It’s sometimes difficult for returning players when they come back to Celtic Park having left the club.

Even Henrik Larsson received a smattering of boos when his Barcelona side triumphed over the Bhoys in the UEFA Cup.

That was daft at the time, and surely Brown won’t receive any kind of flak from the supporters he remains so close to. Especially on a day where he’ll be rightly paying tribute to one of the club’s biggest icons.

What Broony achieved at Celtic was absolutely phenomenal. When he left the club to take his steps into coaching, he did so as one of the club’s most decorated individuals. His astonishing trophy haul will always be remembered with fondness.

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Provided he doesn’t turn up with a Rangers forehead tattoo and injures Kyogo Furuhashi on purpose, I think he’ll probably be ok, reaction-wise.

Broony is unlikely to let the occasion get to him, mind. He’ll be giving his all for the Dons and their under-pressure manager.

It’s going to be a strange kind of day all-round. In normal circumstances, Brown coming back to Celtic Park would be headline news. However, these aren’t, unfortunately, normal circumstances.

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