Scott Brown should get the much talked about Celtic contract extension

By Sean Clifford

March 15, 2021

As 2020/21 draws to a close, one of the central debates amongst the Celtic support is the dilemma over whether the Hoops should offer club captain Scott Brown a new deal moving into the new season.

On one hand, Brown has noticeably suffered a decline recently in terms of his performances. At 35-years-old, he is most certainly in the twilight of his distinguished career. However, he absolutely still has a role to play in the new campaign for the Hoops as a captain, a leader and potentially as a coach.

Given the outgoing of previous manager Neil Lennon, alongside the news that chief executive Peter Lawwell is leaving the directors box at the end of June, there is mass change afoot at Parkhead this summer. With multiple senior players rumoured to be leaving the club, it is vital that Brown is kept around in order to preserve the dressing room atmosphere seen in the last decade, which has brought the Celts such unprecedented domestic success.

In terms of his role as a player, he should not be a regular starter by any stretch of the imagination. Despite this, there is scope for using the former Scotland skipper off the bench, to help to close out tight encounters and talk prospective younger new recruits through fixtures.

Arguably, this is the part Brown should have been deployed in this campaign. He has undoubtedly suffered from bodily fatigue in the last year after making 35 appearances, keeping him refreshed from an on field perspective, would help to maximise his output when brought into the first-team fold.

Celtic captain Scott Brown needs a new contract / (MacNicol/Getty Images)

In the midst of interest from divisional rivals Aberdeen, it is also essential that Celtic offer Brown coaching incentives to safeguard his influence at Celtic Park. Destined to make his way in the dugout in some capacity, the Celts should offer him a pathway to exert his leadership skills and offer a lending ear to youth players looking to make the grade at Lennoxtown.

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