CELTIC skipper Scott Brown wil answer the call from the next Scotland manager and lead his country if required. He does however recognize what his own body clock is telling him and he is anxious to stop the end of career alarm bell ringing for as long as possible.
“I need to think about playing for as long as I can and doing what’s best for me,” Broony said.
“If it comes to it, stuff everybody else to be perfectly honest. I’ve got to make sure that I can play as long as I possibly can.
“It’s the thing I enjoy best and it’s the only thing I really know how to do. So for me sometimes I need to take a step back and think about it for myself and then go from there.”
He added: “I love playing for Scotland, the Euro finals in 2020 have games in Glasgow which would be great but I don’t even know if I’ll still be playing by then!
“But I love playing for Scotland. I enjoy it and I really enjoy being captain of Scotland. It’s a huge honour but sometimes you need to look after your own body. I retired the last time due to me not being fit enough. I couldn’t set the standards I wanted to set for Celtic or Scotland.
“It was hard but since the manager came in here he’s freshened everything up and I feel good again now. But that’s a thing I need to keep in the back of my mind, that I don’t kill myself going away with Scotland for ten days and two big games.
“I need to be playing for Celtic as well so I need to make sure I’m fine for the best of both worlds really.
“We’ll see who comes in,” Broony said. “Then we’ll see what happens.
“Listen, I’ve not made any decision whatsoever. The way I’m playing I’m enjoying my football. I play as many games as I can, If the Scotland games come and the new manager wants me to come along then I’m happy to go.
“But it could be that he doesn’t want me!
“With me it’s still about fitness, and the fact that any manager who comes in picks who he wants. He names 25 or 26 to come along so if you’re not in the squad that’s that.
“I might get to turn up and have a coffee with the lads and that’s it!”
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