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).

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  1. Kojo



    I think Scott has developed into a good Celtic captain. He is much more than a journeyman. I hope your optimism for big Nir is justified. I cannae wait to see him in the Hoops!

  2. Corkcelt



    Pal.. Ah sympathize wi yer Feelin’s,regarding oan how Celtic shall approach this


    Important Tie..




    But.. Ma Advice is.



    Nevah go wi yer Feelin’s.. especially, If those Feelin’s Tell Ye..


    EVERYTHING… that is Contrary …tae whit ye Brain ,his Already Tellt Ye!



    Na.. We should NOT Go Gung Ho.. agin the Milanese.



    That, sir.. wid Be maist Foolish..



    This is a Very Tough Situation, in which Celtic Find Theirsels..



    The Italians are Hardened Warriors.



    Celtic, us Jist Baby Ducks.. when it comes tae Facing Professional and Very well


    regimentated.. Soccer A Listers.



    Celtic, Wull hiv the Advantage in Fortress Parkheid.. Mainly due tae the Enormously


    Magnifcent Support of Their Wonderful Fans..



    But, In Italy.. Celtic ,wull Be oan thur Oanio.. more or less..



    And We Should Take extreme Care..Not tae allow the Milanese. tae run up a


    Barrowload of Goals.. agin us..



    Which.. Ah am Sure ,wid Wull Happen.






    Celtic Approach this Game.. With a Cavalier..



    “Let’s Go fur it, Chaps.. ” Attitude..



    We must Play this Tie.. Tighter than the Lock oan Harrry Lauder’s Sporran!





    Still, Laughin’






    Whit Ye yer Brain has



    13:49 on


    17 September, 2013


    NEARLY 60



    Might be worth calling this one to check






    It’s mainly a Dons/Tartan Army pub,but I never have any problems in it.



    Many thanks.


    Shall give it a try

  4. glendalystonsils on

    LiviBhoy – God bless wee Oscar


    13:52 on


    17 September, 2013


    No like Peter Grant to point fingers!



    I can just imagine PG coaching Broonie;



    “extend right arm, extend right index finger, screw up face and gesticulate wildly…”



    “aye, no bad…..right , work on that and we’ll work on the left arm next week. Once ye get the hang of that we’ll add some shouting…….”

  5. Brooney brings great energy & a bit of bite into our midfield. If they kick one of ours then Brooney will kick them back. I absolutely love the ghuy, couldn’t visualise going into tomorrow’s game without him.

  6. a stor mo chroi



    13:17 on 17 September, 2013Why is Scott Brown captain?I think there are many reasons. Don’t forget how close he was to his sister who sadly passed away after a long illness. He never once shirked the shirt. Don’t forget how many times he played only with the aid of pain-killing injections, from one season into the next, and into the next again. Don’t forget how often he postponed his surgery for the sake of the team. And if that, and more, has escaped you, don’t forget how he dragged ten-man Celtic to a 2-2 cup draw at Ibrox and the Broonie was born.



    A few posts about our Captain and the above first to mention the most crucial part of his makeup and Celtic career. Scott Brown lost his sister to cancer played through a traumatic time for his family with very few of us knowing of this, giving him pelters no doubt. He could easily have thrown in the towel and gave it back. His conduct as a young man and Celtic player is exemplified in his conduct during that period.


    In my opinion he is a smashing Celtic captain and I would love to see him finish his career with us.


    I stood outside Rugby Park a couple of years ago with my son, he wanted photos, Scott Brown was last out the bus waiting, he took the time, munching a Killi pie another in his hand, and we got the picture.


    He just looked like a young happy go lucky boy, smaller than I thought, just a boy.


    All our players are, sometimes we forget they’re actually people.



    Lennybhoy on that note, may your brother Rest in Peace.



    Ayrshire is Green and White.

  7. Tight initially Kojo, I do agree but if we go one down, I for one couldn’t care less about goal difference, I’d rather be beaten by 5 trying to get a point or a win, then going down tamely to a one nil defeat.

  8. Sorry



    Was on a roll there, Larrybhoy predictive texting, I’m sure you won’t be offended by the reference to our manager…




  9. another side to scott brown


    he has been first choice captain for both neil


    and wgs because of his work on and off the park


    i heard from mark wilson at a supporters night that


    he was great at making all new players feel at home


    and involved as soon as they arrived


    this takes a lot of worry away from the managers


    this is a side to broony we dont all hear about


    i was never a great fan of him but when i heard mark


    speak of him my mind was changed.


    when you take into account the personal and injury


    problems he has had ,we are lucky to have him,


    especially now he is in the best form of his time at



  10. The Spirit Of Arthur Lee on

    !!Bada Bing!!



    Livibhoy- if Peter Grant coached Scott Brown for any length of time ,he would be a Traffic Controller

  11. masty @ 13 54 .



    Circumstance means they can’t field their first choice team .



    The decision to let Boateng go and replace him with the high risk Kaka has really back fired ..



    Their Serie A form has been poor . They played well against PSV in Milan . PSV are no mugs ..



    They will field a team which is way better than any team Celtic have played in a competitive match this season .. They don’t have the players to play defensively tomorrow night . They will attack .

  12. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Grant us delivery from former mediocre Celtic players ingratiating themselves with a hostile media, in an attempt at building a career in punditry.

  13. Seems to ma Milan have more than your average injury problems, could a few make a miraculous recovery for tomorrow!




  14. benjybhoy mul


    12:27 on


    17 September, 2013


    1930s fascist Rangers fans, what has changed?


    Not a lot in my opinion: http://bobsmithwalker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/ghost-of-billy-boy.html


    Hullo, hullo…………



    This is a very good article,many thanks for posting it.



    As everyone knows coming to a team like Celtic sometimes takes a while to acclimatize to.Broony left Hibs,where he had a great partnership with a guy who sadly went on to play for the huns.They dovetailed perfectly for Hibs.Maybe we used him wrong at the start,who knows.He had injuries,which hampered his career with us,and then the boy suffered horribly at the death of his sister,to whom he was very close.All good enough reasons for the player to struggle with form


    His disciplinary record,as mentioned earlier,2 reds in 6 seasons,and many yellows handed out unfairly by our friends,afew deserved,but thats his job,to get stuck in,would compare with any midfielder past or present.


    At present he is the beating heart of Celtic.Our record when he is not playing is poor.His performance in the Cup Final last season was immense.His commitment to the cause is undeniable.He has years to go at Celtic,and the £4 million price tag will,I hope,look like the best money we have spent since Henrik.


    As usual we will have people who “Just dont like him”.Its all opinion,just giving you mine.

  15. Does anyone really believe we are going to Milan with a team set out to attack? I know sitting back, defending in depth (ala deid club in Europe tactics) hoping for a breakaway goal is an anathema to most Celtic fans even if it brings result but I just can’t see NL setting out anything but a team to do exactly that -defend in depth. Think Sammy will be preferred up front , not sure if Anto has the pace to play as ‘the lone attacker’ and Pukki is a bit of an unknown? What to do?

  16. Granty woulda drove him to a new club a year after winning Scottish player of the year.



    How very fickle.

  17. MickTT


    14:14 on


    17 September, 2013


    Seems to ma Milan have more than your average injury problems, could a few make a miraculous recovery for tomorrow!






    Dont think so Mik,as most are long term injuries.Montelivos hamstring went,at the weekend,and Kaka is having an operation.Might see El Sharawy dont know how bad he is.But they are weakened.

  18. Allegri, the Milan coach, also said that Celtic are a ‘technically adept’ side.



    Praise indeed!



    Here’s hoping!




  19. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    Was fortunate enough to meet Scott , Adam ,Joe L and Kris commons after the Dundee utd semi last season ,He is the leader and looked upon as such by his team mates ,mad as a brush but with a maturity and sense of responsibility in his privileged roll as our captain.



    I think what I am tryinging to say is he is the right man for the job and his team mates know that and think the world of him, IMHO of course

  20. Corkcelt



    Ah gie Up!



    Ah see that ye ur determined tae be.. Incorrigibly.. well.. Incorrigible!


    in Wanting tae make a Showin’.. agin the Italians..



    That ,may be the kinda.. Gesture.. P.C. Wren,,, wid Call…A Big.. “Beau Geste”.



    But.. A Noble Gesture, wont Earn ye any Points.



    Ye hiv tae Furget awe this Nonsense of Showing the Italians Whit we ur Made of..



    Be sensible.. and…well.. Approach this Game..






    Nice chatting,pal.






    Still, Laughin’

  21. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    Geordie Munro


    14:16 on


    17 September, 2013



    Granty woulda drove him to a new club a year after winning Scottish player of the year.



    How very fickle.




    Indeed. I wonder why Granty never made it in football management?

  22. Oglach



    Totally agree we have a great chance to take an excellent away point here if we play it safe and keep our concentration.



    Late in the game substitutions will be significant as they don’t seem to have much of a bench (if their coach is to be believed).

  23. Turkeybhoy .



    El Shaaraway has a thigh injury..



    Some rumor mongers have him being sold for big bucks in the next window and Milan using the money to buy some defenders.

  24. Natknow,



    I think the story shows you how tight our ship is run these days. Any wee comment being spun into big news.



    I’ve got a mate who gets in a right state if there’s NOT a negative story on the day/eve of an European game.



    It’s his wee superstition that goes back years.

  25. Regardless of Milan’s injury problems they are still strongest in the area we are weakest. They have Balotelli & Matri against Efe & Virgil. How we do will depend on this battle. Efe has proven in the past he can do it CL level but has a self destruct streak in him. Virgil has looked good for us so far but this is a huge step up for him. If Efe & Virgil win the battle we will take something. Any slackness from them we will be punished.


    And we need the 2012 version of Forster not the 2013.

  26. Favourite Uncle @ 12.56


    Sorry mate, was busy at work (no, really!)



    He starts on the 28th Sep. He has been working for me all Summer and is knackered so I am giving him next week off to get some rest. I understand that freshers fortnight (year) can be quite tasking.

  27. nearly 60



    13:39 on 17 September, 2013


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


    Thanks in advance.




    Try the William Wallace. I think it is in Sale Place. I have watched games there before.



    Bit of an Aberdeen supporters bar. I always found it very welcoming to any scottish football supporter.

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




    Freshers week is fine as long as you can cope wi the lack of sleep and the hangovers.



    No suggestions from me on the best way to do that,of course(!)



    Apart from abstinence(aye,right)

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




    Is it not The Rob Roy?



    I mentioned it earlier,if so-and as you say,never a problem in it.

  30. NatKnow - Supporting Wee Oscar on

    Geordie Munro


    14:29 on


    17 September, 2013





    I think the story shows you how tight our ship is run these days. Any wee comment being spun into big news.



    I’ve got a mate who gets in a right state if there’s NOT a negative story on the day/eve of an European game.



    It’s his wee superstition that goes back years.




    Fair comment about any small remark being seized upon. I don;t think it’s that big a deal TBH. But I do scratch my head when Celtic men like Peter get caught out with this kind of thing. You won’t meet a bigger Celtic fan than Peter – so it puzzles me when, knowing how the MSM are always looking for a way to manufacture a story, these kind of remarks are made. I imagine it’s all done innocently but you’re right – these offhand remarks get spun into (allegedly) big stories in the MSM.



    Mind you, I’m not really qualified to comment since I never buy the pish. “The Herald” is the parochial newspaper that had to issue an apology the other day for lies that they printed, right?

  31. A Scott Brown debate the day before a CL game. I thought we put this sh**e to bed a couple of years ago.



    No matter what you may think of our Captain, just remember one thing, he is a Celtic captain and a damn good one! I find it laughable that we are talking about his skill level after what he has brought to this team over the last couple of years which there is no measuring, like the stats that are available post game.



    He has battled both on and off the park and has come through those battles when most would not with a maturity beyond his years. Regardless of what people think of his skill levels, he has it where it counts most and that is in his heart and he has shown his teammates what the jersey is all about, there are not many who can do that. He has the respect of his fellow players and will always be in their corner when it counts and these are skills that are just as important if not more important than the tangible ones.






  32. South Of Tunis


    14:28 on


    17 September, 2013


    Turkeybhoy .



    El Shaaraway has a thigh injury..



    Some rumor mongers have him being sold for big bucks in the next window and Milan using the money to buy some defenders.



    Cheers mate.



    Kayal,I agree with you.Ballotelli and Matri,who caused havoc with us last year,will be a big problem.On his day Ballotelli is world class.Matri is strong and direct.Our CHs are the key I think.

  33. Their last 5 CL games in Milan



    Milan 3 ——PSV O


    Milan 2 ——–Barcelona 0


    Milan 0 ——Anderlecht 0


    Milan 1 ——-Malaga 1


    Milan 0——–Zenit 1

  34. Greensideup is also Neil Lennon and supports Wee Oscar


    14:39 on


    17 September, 2013


    A Scott Brown de





    Great post.

  35. Broonie V El Hadji Diouf say no more Scott a Celtic Legend. Peter the Pointer – someone who used to play in the same team as Paul McStay, Grant mediocre player mediocre manager.

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