Stephen Glass gives insight into Celtic's Scott Brown wishes; details new Pittodrie role
New Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has given an insight into the mind of Scott Brown ahead of his move to Pittodrie.
Yesterday it was announced that the Celtic legend would end a 14 year stay in Glasgow – joining the Dons on a two-year deal in a player/coach role. [Aberdeen FC Official Website]
In their initial report of the move, the Daily Record said that Brown had been offered a fresh one-year deal at Celtic.
And that seems to tie in with the latest quotes from Glass to the Press and Journal.
“It would have been very easy for him to stay at Celtic,” he said.
“There is a reason they want him to stay around. He is going to be a success and we want that to happen at Aberdeen.
“He wants to be a part of it and I was really keen to have him a part of it if it was possible. We are fortunate we were able to get it over the line.
“People sometimes look and think you are bringing your mates along, but he is not leaving Celtic because he knows and gets on with me. He thinks this thing is going to be a success.”
Glass also detailed Brown’s role at Aberdeen
Glass may be keen to play down the notion of him and Brown being “mates”, but that is undoubtedly one of the main reasons for the move.
The pair get on well and both will benefit as a result of having each other at Pittodrie next season.
Brown clearly wants to get in to coaching, and such a job at the third biggest club in the country isn’t to be sniffed at.
“The learning part is he will be in among all the decision-making processes we go through at the club,” Glass also said.
“If there is any time that he is not playing he will be right around us.
“He is basically the assistant – one of the assistants – and that is how it will work.”
Many from elsewhere will criticise Brown for leaving Celtic and moving to a lesser club.
But the truth is that the time was right for both parties.
Brown has made a courageous move, going to a team who win far less often than Celtic, and aiming to make his name as a coach at a lower level.
Hopefully he is successful in his new venture. But only to a certain extent.