Stephen Glass addresses awkward Celtic and Scott Brown clash

By David Walton

April 20, 2021

Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has addressed the awkward upcoming clash between himself and his future assistant-manager Scott Brown.

Glass will take charge of his first league match with the Pittodrie club tomorrow night. Standing in his way will be Celtic, with Brown potentially playing a key role for the Bhoys in the middle of the park.

The Dons have secured Brown’s services for next season. However, he still has a contract to see out at Parkhead as he takes part in his final four games for the club. As well as the Pittodrie trip on Friday, Brown still has Ibrox, Easter Road, and a final home clash against St Johnstone to round off his Celtic career.

But there’s an element of intrigue. Coming up against your future team-mates in a match that could have major implications on their Euro ambitions? Spicy stuff. And Glass has tipped Brown to go “smashing” into his players come kick-off.

Speaking to Red TV, the new Dons boss said: “I don’t know whether John Kennedy will play him and put him in that position. That’s John’s decision. If I was John, I might. Would he want to play? He’s such a professional that if John does put him in the team next week he would want to win.

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“That’s just the kind of guy we are attracting to this club. If he’s smashing our players over the head, the players would expect it as well, because that’s what Scott Brown is and that’s why he’s coming to this club.”

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It’s difficult to disagree with Glass’ remarks here. Brown will undoubtedly be full-blooded come kick-off tomorrow, but that’s only if he gets a start.

The Celtic supporters on social media have been calling for the reintroduction of Ismaila Soro. This comes in the wake of Brown’s hugely disappointing performance at Ibrox on Sunday.

You could see the sense in that change too. Brown, for all of his incredible work at Celtic, shouldn’t be in the side from now on. He isn’t going to be part of the backbone for next season. So, considering we have no trophies to play for anymore, it’s best we give those who will be here next term some game time.

Scott Brown struggled at Ibrox / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Soro, for example, is the favourite to replace Brown in the middle of the park. He wowed Celtic fans with a fine run of form back in December and January before being randomly dropped again for the captain.

Celtic have some high-profile fixtures coming up between now and the summer too. Therefore, it would make sense for the club to give Soro a chance to get used to some of these big-match contests. It won’t get any harder domestically next season than Pittodrie, Ibrox, and Easter Road respectively.

It would also save Brown from having to deal with this awkward confrontation with his future employers. Given what happened at Ibrox on Sunday, nobody can be truly bothered with it.

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