Tam McManus on his relationship with Celtic captain Scott Brown

By David Walton

October 10, 2019

Tam McManus and Scott Brown clearly have a positive relationship if the former’s comments are anything to go on.

Both players played for Hibernian during McManus’ latter stage at the club. McManus ended up leaving Hibs in 2005, with Brown already an established member of the first-team by that point. This led to both developing up a friendship with each other.

McManus, of course, didn’t go on to have the career that Broony has. Whilst Brown has become a Celtic legend after over 12 years at the club, McManus went on to play for 11 different sides before packing it in after the 2016 season at Gartcairn Juniors.

Scott Brown has went on to have a storming career (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

You can still find him extremely active on his Twitter page. McManus is also a regular pundit on BBC Sportsound. But speaking to PLZ Soccer, he touched on his relationship with the Hoops captain yesterday.

“I am friendly with Broony as well, I know what Broony’s like. Off the pitch, he’s full of fun, but once he steps over the line, he’ll do anything for his team to win. He likes a bit of chat as well on the pitch.

“Broony used to clean my boots as a kid. He was the worst boot boy that I ever had in my history. I had a few clubs as well. But Broony’s a great lad.”

The Celtic captain continues to get doubters

It’s almost fashionable in Scottish football now to have a go at Brown when Celtic don’t win. He seems to be many rival fans and the media’s first port of call when it comes to criticism. However, the problem is that it’s now been in fashion for several years.

Brown has taken some knocks to go with the success at Parkhead (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Brown has made a grand total of 535 appearances competitively for Celtic (Transfermarkt). He’s had a testimonial, and these matches aren’t even taking into consideration the countless friendlies he’s been a part of. Despite that, he still gets disrespected far too often by his rivals.

Some would actually try and tell you that Brown isn’t even a good footballer. He’s just a player who’s gotten lucky due to an apparent lack in competition. These are the kind of people who Brown doesn’t concern himself with, however. Neither he should.

Brown has won 19 trophies with Celtic. He managed the League Cup at Hibernian too – and he was central to that success as well. Anyone who tries to discredit his achievements don’t deserve recognition.

Brown could do this in his sleep (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When Brown hangs up his boots, whether that be after 10-in-a-row or not, he should go down in history as a Celtic legend. That should be undoubted.

But for now, Broony continues to enjoy proving Rangers and the rest of Scottish football wrong with his success.