Scott Brown, Great Scottish Runner


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.

The first thing you need to do is sign up for the Great Scottish Run, or here for one of the family events.

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, celticquicknews@gmail.com.
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  1. Scott Brown will always split the support…………..just that type of player.



    From losing his sister at such a young age ……and not long after his massive move to us……..on to horrendous injury problems………..I honestly thought he might not play again.



    Scott Brown is now turning into tne player I thought he would become.


    Although I am still to be convinced he is totally injury free.



    One fact I would point out.. Celtic are better with Broony in the team…..no doubt about it.

  2. Maybe Fat Sally is hanging about in the bushes at Lennoxtown…



    September 17 – One of football’s more


    bizarre episodes is still gripping the


    Italian public and media after a coach


    from Genoa was caught “spying” on


    local rivals Sampdoria dressed in


    Rambo-style camouflage ahead of their


    derby clash last Sunday.


    Youth team coach Luca De Pra has


    been suspended after he was found in


    bushes watching a Sampdoria training




    Sampdoria said in a tongue-in-cheek


    statement he was hiding “like Rambo”


    but “failed to overcome Sampdoria’s


    intelligence and counter-intelligence




    “That the derby is a question of nerve,


    tactics and strategy we already knew,


    but frankly we could never expect that


    it could turn into a scene of espionage.


    However, no prisoners were taken and


    no blood was shed. Once tracked down


    and caught red-handed, the opposing


    side’s soldier was let free to return to




    Genoa, meanwhile, made it clear that


    “no director or member of the


    coaching staff sent Luca De Pra,


    goalkeeper coach for the youth team,


    to watch the training session at


    Bogliasco. It was a personal




    “This has never been done before and


    is not part of the club’s modus


    operandi. The club makes it known


    that De Pra has been suspended with


    immediate effect pending further




    De Pra, who is grandson of former


    Genoa goalkeeper Giovanni De Pra,


    was reportedly chased away by


    Sampdoria club officials after he was




    His only consolation was that his team


    ended up thrashing local rivals Samp


    3-0 in the Serie A showdown at their


    shared stadium.

  3. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    ernie lynch


    12:49 on


    17 September, 2013


    setting free the bears supports Celtic’s best fighter- Wee Oscar Knox



    12:44 on 17 September, 2013






    I think you are too easy on Peter Grant. Yes he was overall supportive of Broony but, within that article he revealed an “in-house” conversation with PL, which could cause disruption in our camp in the run up to the Milan game.’






    Oh yes I see what you mean.



    Peter Lawwell may have suggested Keane be captain.



    BTM ignored any such suggestion and appointed Scott Brown.



    The players’ heads will all be scrambled by that.



    They’ll all need immediate and intensive counseling.




    Ernie, you really need to change the tone when commenting. Language like this makes you sound camp.




  4. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    BTW – I think Scott has improved and provides the team with the kind of grit and drive that is required.



    I also think that if Peter can’t say something nice then he shouldn’t say anything at all.




  5. Now having a Ristretto . Need the hit. Still got the shops on Via della Spiga to do .



    Barman is now playing a 70s compilation .



    First two choons —–



    Augustus Pablo —– King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown —- a killer choon . !



    Augustus Pablo —— Columbo [ yes -that theme choon -melodica dub stylee ].



    Man has taste.. Man supports Napoli and hopes the Berlusconi XI get stuffed..



    Back oot to the shops -way up north .

  6. Hamiltontim



    I believe Scott Brown is the major cog in our team. His inability to consistently find his team mates with a pass and his low scoring rate, frustrate the life out of me. His pass for Adam’s goal v ICT, shows he is capable. He would be at an EPL club if he could improve these aspects of his game.

  7. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Ernie Lynch camp?






    Mind,if he disnae turn up for the dayoooot on 28/9,I reserve the right to amend that judgement….



    What about it,Ernie? Fancy a wee sesh wi the boys?






    Let me know and I’ll send you the details.

  8. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend on

    Loved Peter Grant when I was a kid



    Feel a little let down and disappointed by him revealing ‘in house’ discussions in the MSM. He is well aware of how the story will be spun by them & he really should know better



    Stupid man as this will do his future job opportunities no good

  9. Headtheball



    D. Record:



    ‘Former Rangers star Kenny Miller’s Canadian home attacked by a wild black bear’



    From DR


    Former Celtic flop Kenny Misser attacks endangered animal

  10. DougC



    at 12.55.



    HIya,pally.. ???



    Pleased tae meetya.



    Read yer Submission..



    Here is a Coupla Points ,where Ah disagree wi yer suggested Line-Up.




    Commons.. is Not Very Effective playing… oan the Right..






    Ah don’t know,Why.. but.. in Ma Opinion.. He .. Jist ..Isnae.



    In Light of Jamesie’s Plight.. Sciatica?? .. which is a LONG tern Healing Process..



    Ah wid use Matthews,oan the Right.



    Boariggter, is More effective oan the LEFT.



    But.. In this Particualr Affray..The Flying Dutchman.. wullnae Play..


    that is .. according tae Kojo.. Whit Neil thinks aboot that idea..



    Well. That’s up tae Him!



    Ah wid most Certainly, Hiv Sammi…oan the Left..



    Noo, if Ah pit Sammi oan the Left..



    Who wid Ah hiv then.. tae lead the Line?






    Why …Sammi..of Course!



    My Mid field wid be composed of.



    Matthews, Broonie, ROGIC, Mulgrew and Commons.



    In Ma opinion. we hiv ran intae a Wee Bit of Guid Luck.. assembling the complement of oor Mid Field Warriors..



    Ledley, Ah am told.. is Feeling Poorly.






    If that is the case ..then Ah wid Be delighted tae Insert..



    Tom Rogic, intae His Place in the Middy..



    I Like Tom Terrific.. as Ah think , Tom is .. well… Terrific!



    We wull no miss Ledley, if Tom Plays..



    Sammi,of course.. Will Play oot Wide.. He is very Effective There.. and Is No Much use as a Lone Raider.



    Although, according tae the Line-Up Card..



    Sammi,wid be oor Lonely Linewood Striker..all Aloneo ..up front and Center.






    Sammi, wid Spend. Maist ,if Not all of his Time.. Rampagin doon the Left Wing.. If


    we happen tae Mount an Attack..




    Which.. Ah don’t expect , that we Wull.. as we wil Hiv oor Hauns Full..



    Playing the Ten Men Behing the BA’… Tango!



    So there is Lays..



    Ma Team..






    Lustig Izzy



    Ambrose Virgil



    Matthews, Broonie, Rogic , Mulgrew, Commons






    As you may hiv noticed.. No sign of Stokesy ,in Ma Chosen Selection fur this PARTICULAR CONFRONTO



    Stokesy , wull Get his Chance..in the Return Game ,at Fortress Parkheid..



    Where.. and When..



    Celtic, wull Play fur a Win. and No Fur A Draw.. as We wull be daeing in Milan.



    Nice Chatting,pal..







  11. Leftclicktic



    commented on both these points while watching game at weekend :))


    mostly this bit


    Scott Brown has made himself an essential part of the Celtic team, his drive and influence are evident on a consistent basis.



    He still does some terrible passes under no pressure… but thankfully less often

  12. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    Bit harsh on Scott re inability to pass to a fellow Celt,IMO.



    He wins the ball and drives forward most of the time. As a result,he tends to make his passes in the killer areas.



    Most of our team seem content to pass in non-danger areas,which are less rigidly closed down. Thus their completion rate looks better than Brown’s.



    Personally happy to see a player trying to open up the opposition than pass the buck,or let the opposition regroup.



    Even if he disnae succeed often enough….

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    If Jamesie’s injuries are indeed caused by sciatica,he could do worse than take his wallet outa his back pocket.



    Believe it or not….

  14. setting free the bears supports Celtic’s best fighter- Wee Oscar Knox



    13:17 on 17 September, 2013



    Revealing that Peter Lawwell had suggested Robbie Keane be captain is hardly ‘dirty laundry’.



    Peter Lawwell was as entitled to his opinion as any other fan, but the guy who mattered, the manager, made the decision. That is as it should be and reflects well on the Club.



    You’re trying to make something out of nothing.

  15. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on



    13:27 on


    17 September, 2013





    Ernie Lynch camp?






    Mind,if he disnae turn up for the dayoooot on 28/9,I reserve the right to amend that judgement….



    What about it,Ernie? Fancy a wee sesh wi the boys?






    Let me know and I’ll send you the details.




    Uh oh. It’s starting to sound like an episode of “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” on here.




  16. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on




    the sarsfield brake club was from my neck of the woods “sunny gorbals”.it was named after the Irish General Patrick Sarsfield,the club was formed just before the 1st world war and the above photo is indeed the club sitting in ballater st waiting to go to celtic park, a wee story about the club, the banner you see in the photo was taken from an orange lodge that tried (and failed) to walk down Cumberland st,it was re-done several times with the picture of the heroes of the day..

  17. Bobby



    “Most of our team seem content to pass in non-danger areas,which are less rigidly closed down. Thus their completion rate looks better than Brown’s”




    Spot on.



    As you say ‘looks better’, I’d argue the other players stats ain’t much better.



    Sftb, was it not Caldwell and loovens who held captaincy when broony was out. You’ve got me thinkin’.

  18. Does anyone know of bars in Paddington/Bayswater London area showing Milan game?


    Thanks in advance.

  19. “could do worse than take his wallet outa his back pocket”



    Aye aye, and leave it in the hoose like his uncle Bobby?? Wink wink

  20. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    canny believe some on here bitchin about what scott brown was or is, he is in the form of his life and has over the last 18 months improved 100%, he is our captain, our leader on the park, so maybe serve well to get behind the bhoy.

  21. BMCUW



    I am a huge fan of Scott. Would be first name on my teamsheet. His sloppy passing, at times, does frustrate me, although he is improving. Wish his goalscoring would improve too.

  22. VP KO'd by fearless Oscar Knox on

    South of Tunis



    Re one of your fave tunes being played.


    See if you fell in the Anapo,you’d come oot wae a salmon in your pocket.

  23. The more I think about tomorrow night the more I think we should try to get at them. In the end I expect it will be 5 in the middle plus Sammi up front but we should at least have a plan B in case we go behind. Withdraw Sammi from lone Striker to the wing, Derk on the other wing and Anto or Pukki leading the line. I have never felt so good about an away Champions League game, I honestly feel we can win this one.

  24. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    re; the sarsfield brake club, it left originally from a pub called “the teachers” in lawmoor st gorbals,

  25. Delaney’s Dunky








    In Ma Opinion



    Broonie, has IMPROVED.



    Noo.. Did This Improvement of his..


    Make him ..



    A “Good” Player?



    HIs Improvement, undoubtedly Made Him a ..



    MUCH BETTAH PLAYER.. than he wiz..



    Howevahh.. That Hiz no Answered The Question.



    Which Ah wull Noo Answer..




    Na.. That Improvement . certainly did not Make Broonie



    A “GOOD” player.



    Broonie, is noo jist a . Whit is Called in the Trade..




    An Honest Journeyman…. type …of a Fitba Player.



    No more or No Less.




    If the Israeli Chap pans oot the wey ..Ah hope he Wull..



    Then.. Broonie, may be Looking fur anither Team..



    In Ma opinion, of course.





    Still, Laughin’

  26. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    How very dare you?



    That was years ago….



    Seriously,the wallet in back pocket is a major initial source of sciatica. Far from the only one,of course.

  27. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on





    13:42 on 17 September, 2013




    Thanks masty



    the gorbals link ties in. James kirk lived in mcneil st




    mcneil st is a stones throw from lawmoor st.

  28. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on




    am with you mo chara in as much as we go for Milan’s throat, although I doubt the wee man from lurgan will be as daring.

  29. Allegri -Press Conference .17/9/13



    I have 13 players .



    Poli is a doubt .



    Might prefer Constant to Emanuelson .



    Might prefer Birsa to Robinho .



    Celtic are a physical team / very dangerous in attack [ the “physical team” thing is an Italian classic / flag it up and hope the Ref is influenced in advance .]



    We made a lot of errors against Torino / can’t afford that in the CL

  30. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    No like Peter Grant to point fingers!



    Very poor from him. As a former midfielder could he not have coached Scott Brown? That was his job wasn’t it?


    Very dissapointed with this. Also his comments about Peter Lawwell. Some things should be kept in house.


    I think the loss of Scott’s sister affected him in a huge way. Neil Lennon seems to be getting the best out of players though. A sign of a very good manager. He is a people person.




  31. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    South Of Tunis



    gotta be the bst chance ever of getting a result in Milan mate.

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