Why Scott Brown won't be leaving Celtic this summer

By David Walton

March 15, 2021

You can see why Aberdeen would be an attractive proposition for Scott Brown as he ponders his Celtic future.

It’s been reported that Brown is in line to become the Dons assistant manager in a player-coach role. That’s if Stephen Glass is appointed the new manager at Pittodrie [Scottish Sun].

Celtic have reportedly offered their captain and legendary figure a new contract in response. However, Brown is said to be uninterested in being a bit-part player next season [Daily Record].

In the past, the captain himself has provided mixed messages on his future. When he signed his current deal back in January 2019, Brown stated that his playing career would be “done and dusted” come the end [Celtic TV]. However, in more recent times, the former Hibs youngster has kept things open. He stated only last month that he was taking things “game-by-game” and that his future would be sorted in the summer [Celtic YouTube].

With Brown likely to go into a coaching role at the end of his career, Aberdeen may offer him that path. However, his time at Parkhead will be far from over.

Given Brown is being given the luxury of deciding his own future, don’t expect him to leave now. The reason? This wasn’t how his Celtic swansong was supposed to go.

Let’s get things straight. The idea when Brown signed a new deal was so that when 10-in-a-row was secured, he could ride off an immortalised icon. Whilst he remains a true Celtic great, he won’t be satisfied by how this campaign has gone.

Scott Brown won’t be satisfied with this being the end of this Celtic career

Brown worked nine years to get to this moment. The chance to secure the 10 and effectively become the king of football in Glasgow. Only by reclaiming the title will the Celtic captain get true peace of mind.

Yes, that may mean he needs to play more of a bit-part role than he would like. We can’t go halting the progress of the likes of Ismaila Soro and Callum McGregor for example.

But I would bet that’s a price he would be willing to pay. So long as he can lift up the Premiership trophy at the end of the season and reassert Celtic’s dominance again. If he can achieve that, Broony would finally be satisfied with what he had achieved.

Scott Brown in action for Celtic vs Aberdeen / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A new one-year deal, therefore, makes perfect sense. It gives Brown a second chance to secure the ending to his Celtic career that it deserves. An opportunity to place that crown back on his head and become Scottish football’s main man once again.

That is why the Aberdeen opportunity has come too soon. It’s not as if he won’t have a coaching gig lined up at Parkhead for when he does decide to hang up his boots either.

Expect Brown’s hunger for trophy success to shine through here. He won’t be leaving Parkhead just yet.

In other news, a new Roy Keane backer has emerged.