Kris Commons shares how he thinks opposition managers tried to deal with Celtic icon Scott Brown

By Euan Davidson

March 9, 2022

There was a time – a long time – when Celtic captain Scott Brown was so dominant in Scottish football, that nobody could really get near him.

His trophy haul suggests that. 10 titles, 7 League Cups and 6 Scottish Cups in the Green and White. Over 600 appearances for the Bhoys. And, perhaps thanks to Brendan Rodgers, a late-career renaissance led to him playing his best stuff for Celtic. He had been written off to a degree under Ronny Deila.

Now, with Scott Brown’s playing career looking as if it might be done, it’s tempting to look back and review just how good he was. As it turns out, an admission from Kris Commons, a former team-mate of Broony’s, sum up everything you need to know about the man.

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Opposition managers just didn’t know how to deal with him. Or, so Commons insists.

The former Hoops attacking midfielder said managers would try to find ways to nullify him. Again, look at the trophy haul: it didn’t work.

Commons said [Scottish Daily Mail, print edition 09/03, p.78] “He has been targeted many times by other clubs.

“They all thought: “If you can get to Scott Brown, you can break Celtic.” But he was the guy who stood up to everyone. He was the guy with the shaved head, bulging eyes, tough tackling, an insanely good athlete who scored some great goals.

“And the day he produced that iconic “Broony” celebration against Rangers, he went from being a top midfielder and a grafter to a Celtic legend.”

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In fairness to those managers, it was worth at least trying to stop Scott Brown running the show for Celtic

You can see the logic, certainly, if Commons is right enough. Whether it worked or not, well, again – trophies.

It wouldn’t be unfair to say Kris Commons can divide opinion when he talks about Celtic these days. However, this in inarguably positive stuff for the Hoops faithful. We love Scott Brown, and the idea of him causing headaches for opposition managers is a delight.

Goodness knows he caused a lot of coaches, players and rival fans some frustrating afternoons when he was in the Hoops. The kind of player you’d hate in an opposition team, but love if he’s one of yours.

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He was so much more than an intimidator, though. Consistently, he was one of the best passers in Europe. He scored some vital goals, some really excellent strikes, and he helped to co-ordinate some fantastic defences. An all-action, all-round player, the likes of whom don’t come too often.

Now, with his next step to be announced, it’s very possible we’ve seen the last of Broony as a player. That’d be a shame, but there’s no doubt about what achieved in a fantastic career.

Clearly, he earned the respect of everyone around him. That very much includes Commons, who had the best seasons of his career as Brown’s teammate.

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