Steven Whittaker compares Celtic captain Scott Brown to David Weir
Steven Whittaker has compared Scott Brown to Rangers favourite David Weir.
Whittaker and Brown were teammates at Hibs between 2002 and 2007. That was before their careers took polar opposite directions. Whittaker would go on to sign for the Ibrox club, whilst Brown made the move to Parkhead.
Since then, it’s the latter who’s become a Scottish football legend. Brown has managed to pick up eight titles for the Hoops, and is closing in on a ninth this season. Whether he wins it at Whittaker’s current ground of Easter Road remains to be seen.
But there’s no denying Brown’s longevity of success. And, speaking to Edinburgh Evening News ahead of a mouth-watering clash between Hibs and Celtic on Sunday, Whittaker made an unusual comparison with the Celtic captain and legend.
“Scott’s career speaks for itself, it’s been fantastic and I am sure he will be hoping to win a couple more trophies before the end of this season.
“Every time he’s been written off he just bounces back. I saw it with Davie Weir at Rangers playing up to and beyond 40. Every time the team didn’t play well, not necessarily Davie, it was a case of ‘he’s too old, he’s this or he’s that’.
“But he was a real warrior that kept going and playing to that age, what he achieved was phenomenal. I think Davie came into the game a bit later than the likes of Scott and myself, but if you work it out, we’ve probably had careers of a similar length.”
Brown the better player, but Whittaker has a point
Regardless of what you thought about Weir, you have to say Whittaker has a strong point. How often does Brown get written off after a bad result?
After the Glasgow derby on December 29th, Brown took a power of stick. He was apparently finished back then, even if Celtic were still top of the league with a game in-hand.
It feels that whenever we don’t win a game, Brown can be the easy whipping boy. Just because he isn’t as quick as he used to be or as young as the rest of the team, it’s easy to point to him and look for improvement.
But, the truth is, Brown just about dictates games for Celtic on a weekly basis. On the rare occasions he isn’t playing, Celtic lose much of their aggression and steel in the midfield. He’s become iconic at Parkhead, and for good reason too when you consider his success over the last near 12 years.
Weir didn’t have that same impact at Rangers. He was only at Ibrox for five years, but he did have success despite his age. Brown has done so to a greater extent, and is still only 33 years of age. It’s hardly unfeasible that he continues playing for several more years yet.
As for the comparisons to Weir, there are some similarities. But in terms of quality? Brown blows him out the park.