Unquestionably, Scott Brown has played an immense part in every success Celtic have accomplished in the last decade.
On his way north to join Aberdeen this summer as a player-coach [The Guardian], the captain has made his mark exceptionally in Glasgow. Featuring heavily in 22 trophy wins [Transfermarket], Brown will soon embark on a new career voyage which has come at the right time for player and club.
Commendations have to go to Brown; he could have easily chosen to be a peripheral playing figure at Celtic next season. Nobody wants to see an influential figure like the Scot depart. However, yesterday’s Glasgow Derby defeat has alarmingly illustrated the need for change on the field at the Hoops [BBC Sport].
For someone of 35-years-of-age, he has played an astonishing 39 times this campaign [Transfermarkt]. The skipper has been an important player even in the turbulence of 2020/21.
Despite this, there is a strong argument that Brown has been over-relied upon this season.
Over-reliance on players is not new at Celtic, Scott Brown just happens to be the latest example
Of course, the Celtic support have become accustomed to the regular excessive dependence on key players. Callum McGregor once featured in more games than any player in world football [BBC Sport], whilst James Forrest has made a staggering 175 appearances in the last four Celtic campaigns [Transfermarkt].
Though showing admirable consistency, this is an indictment on the Celts poor recruitment. Not adequately supplementing pivotal figures, these examples alongside Brown’s feed into the mismanagement of the club as a whole. Staggeringly, last year at 34-years-old the former Scotland captain played in 52 contests [Transfermarkt].
Even with defensive midfielder Ismaila Soro on the books in 2020/21, the 22-year-old didn’t start for the Hoops until December 2020 in the 3-2 victory over Lille [Sky Sports]. Going forward, Celtic have to find a way to spread game-time more evenly across the first-team squad. With regards to Brown, he could have had a greater impact on this season had his energy been conserved properly.