Departing Celtic captain Scott Brown sends key message to Scotland camp

By Euan Davidson

May 19, 2021

Celtic hero Scott Brown has sent a kind message to Scotland’s Euro 2020 stars.

The Scotland squad was announced today, with 6 Bhoys included. It’s the Tartan Army’s first major tournament since 1998, and 35-year-old Scott Brown has wished the lads well.

Broony, formerly a Scotland captain, made 55 appearances for his country [SFA]. Recently, the former Celtic captain talked about early retirement [Herald]. The midfielder, who won 22 trophies at Celtic, claimed his club career would suffer if he was playing for both Celtic and Scotland simultaneously.

However, that doesn’t stop him being a massive supporter of Steve Clarke’s men. Speaking via Sky Sports, Brown said:

“Go and enjoy it. I remember when I was a kid, France 98 and the whole nation was watching it. It’s a special occasion, go and enjoy every single moment of it. I think they deserve it, they’ve worked extremely hard.

“As I’ve said, a lot of people have doubted them that they wouldn’t get there, but they’ve worked together, they’ve come together, and they’ve got a great manager there as well. So no, I’m looking forward to it, and I’m sure they’ll be looking forward to it as well.”

Scott Brown scores against Poland / (Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)

If only Broony could’ve been at Euro 2020

Given his colossal performances for Celtic since retiring from Scotland duty, it’s easy to imagine Scott Brown still being able to contribute at international level.

In 18-19 and 19-20, Broony was a dominant force, even in his advancing years. You could argue that Scott McTominay is his long-term replacement, but for out-and-out ball-winning and leadership, few come close.

But he won’t be thinking about this selfishly. As he moves on to the next chapter of his career, the former Celtic talisman (feels weird typing “former”) will be cheering on Steve Clarke’s side as they battle England, Croatia and the Czech Republic. Here’s hoping that results go our way, and Broony can get the Scooter on in celebration.

As for Brown’s own international career? Well, in hindsight, it came at a strange time. Scotland were in the midst of a transition between two very different generations of players. The crop who had almost qualified for Euro 2008 were winding down, and the current era of technically-gifted stars weren’t ready yet. Betwixt these two very different Scotland sides was Scott Brown, under the often baffling leadership of Craig Levein and Alex McLeish.

But that’s not to say he didn’t enjoy some massive results. Under Gordon Strachan, Brown was vital in wins against the Republic of Ireland and Denmark, while featuring in the dramatic 2-2 draw with England.

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