SCOTT BROWN insists his Celtic past would not prevent him from managing another club in Scotland.
The Hoops legend won a remarkable TWENTY-TWO honours in his 14 glorious years at Parkhead and has been linked with a return – if first-team coach Harry Kewell quits for the manager’s role at Ange Postecoglou’s former J-League side Yokohama F Marinos.
Brown, 38, has been out of work since leaving English League One outfit Fleetwood Town after just over a year as manager on September 3, the same day Kyogo Furuhashi scored the only goal of the derby encounter at Ibrox.
IT TAKES TWO…Brendan Rodgers and Scott Brown after a League Cup Final success.
Asked if he would be interested in working under Brendan Rodgers again, the club great answered: “I don’t know. I am quite enjoying my time off, especially with the festive period.
“I loved my time at Celtic, I honestly did. It was a fantastic time. I went away to try and learn a lot for myself, to have that understanding of being a manager. I think I want to go down that route again if I get that opportunity.”
Would it be difficult to be in charge of another Scottish team considering his legendary status in the east end of Glasgow following his astoundingly successful career at the club?
Brown answered: “No, I don’t see why it would. My time has been, it’s gone. It’s not about me any more. It’s about whatever team I go into next and the lads who are playing.
“You can’t always talk about the past. I enjoyed my career, but now I’m going down a different path.
“The football game is changing rapidly and younger players coming through can ask about my past by all means. But I try never to bring it up.”
THE LAST HURRAH…Scott Brown celebrates the 2020 Scottish Cup Final win with Callum McGregor – the Celtic’s legend’s 22nd trophy at the club.
Brown is also said to be interesting ambitious Championship outfit Queen’s Park, but, speaking to The Herald, admitted: “I am in no rush to dive back into something at the moment.
“I am going to take time, chill, see my kids who I have probably not seen in the last three years and watch them play football over the winter in the lovely rain.”
He added: “I really enjoyed my time in England. I got away from the whole Rangers-Celtic thing. I could go down the road and wasn’t being slapped over the head by people.
“It is different down there. But, at the same time, I have got a lot of love for the Scottish game. I had a great career and enjoyed my time up here.
“I wouldn’t say I wouldn’t take a job up here. But at the same time no-one has offered. So, you never know what happens.”