Stephen Craigan has made some interesting remarks about the role of Celtic captain Scott Brown.
Speaking on the Go Radio Football Show, Craigan compared Scott Brown’s overuse to how Steven Davis is being utilised by Rangers.
“There should have been a replacement for Scott Brown there two or three years ago”@stephencraigan reckons the Celtic captain should be more protected this season, do you agree? pic.twitter.com/Qt6KETZMfz
— The Go Radio Football Show (@GoFootballShow) December 3, 2020
Hard to argue
The ex-Motherwell man and pundit Craigan said:
“Scott Brown has been a terrific player, a terrific servant for Celtic, he’s won umpteen trophies. I actually feel sorry for him this year.
He’s being forced to play every single game – he’s 35 years of age.
He’s a yard away from where he wants to be; he goes to make a tackle against Milan and the ball’s gone. That’s not Scott Brown. He’s carried that team for the last two or three years with his energy and his appetite. That’s how he leads on the pitch, and he wants others to follow.”
Where’s the cover?
Scott Brown played over 2,000 minutes of league football in 19-20, even with the season being shortened in March. Additionally, he has reached well over 100 games in Europe for Celtic.
Brown’s European passing stats have repeatedly made headlines (Daily Record) but it’s his ability to win the ball back and move it forward that are concerning Celtic fans.
Craigan compared Brown to Rangers’ Steven Davis:
“There should’ve been a replacement for Scott Brown two or three years ago. Look at what Steven Gerrard’s doing with Steven Davis. It’s the exact same age.
He’s playing every other game and he’s still having an impact. He’s still affecting games, he’s still one of their best players. Scott Brown on the other hand is still looking for his legs and trying to cover ground, trying to carry a team.”
Craigan won’t find much argument
Celtic fans have worried about Scott Brown’s advancing years for some time, now.
He’s been written off multiple times throughout his distinguished career, and he’s proven everyone wrong before. However, calls for rotation in the middle are growing louder.
With Christie, McGregor, Rogic, Soro, Turnbull and Ntcham all vying for a place, while Scott Robertson impresses on loan (Kent Online), Lennon has a selection headache in the long-term.
Luca Connell and Ewan Henderson will also be looking for opportunities. Eboue Kouassi was brought in (Daily Record) by Brendan Rodgers to stake a claim to Brown’s role, but has already come and gone.
Nobody in the Celtic support begrudges Scott Brown success, nor the captaincy or his place in the team. However, if we’re to see the best of Broony, he needs to be used more sparingly going forward.
Stephen Craigan is 100% right with his comments. Although Celtic fans won’t like it, the case of Steven Davis shows that veteran midfielders can be rotated and still effective.
Brown may have to put up with the same kind of role if he’s to prolong his career.