SCOTT BROWN, who will be 36 in June, has already said he is “too young” for a coaching role, as CQN reported last week.
But his former Celtic team-mate Jeremie Frimpong, who moved in an £11.5million deal to Bayer Leverkusen in January, reckons the Hoops skipper is perfect manager material.
The 20-year-old Dutch right-back admitted he was disappointed to see Neil Lennon depart the faltering champions and, as anticipated, there has been a landslide of names of likely candidates for the job featured on the onlinebettingcodes official blog on the opening.
Despite the reluctance of Brown, who is out of contract at the end of the season, to hang up his boots, Frimpong is convinced the ex-Scotland international onfield leader is destined for the dug-out when he eventually calls time on a glorious career that has brought the action man 22 honours since his £4.4million arrival from Hibs in 2017.
The Holland Under-20 defender insisted: “If Scott wanted to be a manager, I feel he’d be a great manager.
“The way he speaks, the way he motivates the players.
“He knows a lot about the game and has been in the game a long time, so he’s experienced. I feel he’d be a great manager.
HAPPY DAZE…Jeremie Frimpong and Scott Brown celebrate along with Mikey Johnston and Ryan Christie after the 2019 Betfred League Cup win.
“When I first came and played my first match, he would tell me what I should do, what’s best for me in this position.
“He’d say: ‘Use your ability when you go forward and attack them, you’re the fastest in the league, they won’t catch you’, things like that.
“Defensively, he would tell me as well, about my positioning and that I can’t always rely on my speed. If you put yourself in a better position then you don’t even have to use it.
“He’s more experienced and would give me little things like this and it really helped because look at where I am today.
“I’ll always be grateful.”
Frimpong believed some of the fierce criticism that came the way of Lennon, who signed him from Manchester City for a bargain £1million in September 2019, was totally unjustified.
The Bundesliga newcomer, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I think in football, obviously Celtic in previous years would always win games, but there was always going to be a point when they can’t win everything.
“There was always going to be a time where they’d have to lose.
“So, the criticism Neil was getting was a bit over the top.”