You seldom hear football people speak as unguardedly as Peter Grant did to The Herald yesterday about Scott Brown. “If somebody had offered us £4m (in 2010)? I would have driven him down the road myself”. The tone of Peter’s piece was supportive, though. Our former assistant manager affirms Scott is a vastly improved performer since. I agree.
You never really know what is going on inside a squad. Footballers play with injuries, many find the distractions of wealth all-consuming and some are simply deployed incorrectly. At the #19 game last week I recalled the form of Stiliyan Petrov under John Barnes, he was lost, especially when playing right back. Bobby Petta also looked out of sorts under Barnes but within weeks of playing for Martin O’Neill both were among the most valuable assets at the club.
Neil Lennon told us last week that Scott Brown was unfit during last season’s Champions League campaign. It’s clear that he is an incredibly more effective player when fit, but Peter Grant suggests Brown has also learned positional discipline, a subject he has previously been criticised here for.
A lot of Scott’s contribution is off the ball. He closes space, filling the park with a presence, which is defensively important, especially on Champions League duty. I’ve never seen Celtic’s yardage stats on players but you have to think he’ll top the list most weeks, he is the Great Scottish Runner, but all that energy needed to be harnessed correctly, which is perhaps what Scott is learning from former midfielder, Neil Lennon.
The next achievement to look out for from Scott is a marquee performance on a European stage………
Which leads us onto the Great Scottish Run. You can still sign up for the run, and if you’ve registered already, or are still to register, you can participate in the 1254125 campaign.
The heart and soul of our community is something we cannot take for granted. It has flourished because you, and countless thousands before you, have decided to improve the lives of those around you by getting involved in the name of Celtic.
On Sunday 6 October there is a 10k and Half Marathon. If that is beyond you. There are family events taking place the day before.
Once you’ve done that, you can register for the 1254125 campaign here.
Then you can create a donations page here. Click Start Fundraising, search for Celtic Charity, setup your My Donate account).
Email me and let me know if you are having trouble signing up or need any more help, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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