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.

Scott Brown in action against Rangers

Scott Brown in Derby Mode / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hard to argue

The ex-Motherwell man and pundit Craigan said:

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“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.”

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Celtic midfielder David Turnbull

Celtic fans are clamouring to see more of David Turnbull / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.”

 

Christopher Jullien battles Steven Davis / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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.

 

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