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. The Honest Mistake loves being first on



    If its a Celtic bar you’re after get the district line down to Wimbledon for the Wimbledon csc at the Irish club on hartfield road. Beer cheap as Chips, a big screen and good company. Hail hail.

  2. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on

    Grant could not lace Scott Browns boots!!



    In fact grant was such a poor footballer there were times when I thought he hadn’t laced his own.



    Poor player, poor coach, poor manager.



    In fact, a complete fud in my opinion.



    He will end up in the football wilderness like many ex Celts who have no common sense.



    Or loyalty to my club.



    Peter Grant, you are indeed a LEGNED!



    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I think big Sami is a cert to start as a lone striker tomorrow with Dutchman playing on the left of the midfield. Commons will start just behind the main striker In my opinion.



    Sami has the ability to chase the ball into the wide channels as a get out ball. He also has the knack of winning his fair share of free kicks. It will be interesting to see how the the rest of the team shapes up.

  4. 50 shades of green supports wee oscar and his family.h.h.wee mhan 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?




    Beat me to it mate was thinking the same.




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




    Peter Grant was supposed to be the midfield enforcer to allow the skills of Collins and McStay,for example,to flourish.



    My kid sister could have done it better.



    And if he wasn’t in the side for that reason-in midfield,remember-then why was he?



    Passing ability? Box to box,getting on the end of a move,two good feet?



    Fifteen years at Celtic,lucky if he had fifteen good games.



    Missing in action best sums him up,IMO.



    However,we have a helluva match tomorrow.



    Time to concentrate on that,rather than a lucky never-was trying for a new career.

  6. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    nearly 60



    I have been in the Rob Roy a few times. Huge VE poster with Billy McNeill at the side of the bar. I would recommend it to watch a game in.


    I had heard the Aberdeen fans used to watch the games downstairs but had moved on elsewhere. A decent bar. Don’t think there are any others close by there for Hoops fans.


    I would imagine a few Tims be in.




  7. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on




    Just reading back!



    Lovely words about a lovely man.



    He’ll be sorely missed on here.



    Prayers said for you and your family.

  8. LiviBhoy - God bless wee Oscar on

    Scott Brown scores tomorrow I think we will see a Peter the pointer style celebration after or before his Broony!




  9. Matri .



    He was not a popular signing ..



    Big tifo in the stadium stating ——-MATRI NO THANKS .



    Played for despised Juve .



    Regarded as lazy , injury prone [ ironic , given their current circumstances ] prone to putting on weight and being way to hit or miss.

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



    13:47 on 17 September, 2013






    it may be making more of it than it is worth but you avoided the central point I was making.



    Is it Peter Grant’s place to reveal a private conversation with PL about Scott Brown unless he is sure that PL has cleared this up with Scott first?’







    The article says Peter Lawwell suggested, presumably to BTM and not to Peter Grant, that Robbie Keane should be captain. This was before BTM appointed Scott Brown. There’s nothing to suggest Peter Lawwell mentioned Scott Brown at all.



    You seem to think that Peter Lawwell was involved in some kind of sinister attempt to undermine Scott Brown, and will be embarrassed by this revelation. The article doesn’t suggest anything of the sort.

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

    NEARLY 60



    If yer getting an invite to Wimbledon CSC,and from THE HONEST MISTAKE,take him up on it.



    Just don’t plan on being able to do much the rest of the week.



    Yer voice will be banjoed,yer ears bleeding,and yer liver in a different country.



    All in all,marvellous company,him and his pals….

  12. BM



    Yes – getting my Scottish warriers mixed up



    Getting ready for an early night for the 500km drive to Milan tomorrow along the E4.



    Hope to get to Milan by early afternoon.

  13. Nigel De Jong the type of player that I hoped Scott Brown would be.



    Tomorrow will be an interesting yardstick .




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




    GREEEEEEEEEN wi envy!!!!!



    Hope you have a great time,and I hope you get a result to your satisfaction.



    Bet you would settle right now for just one of those two….

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




    With respect,Nigel de Jong wouldnae last five minutes up here wearing a Celtic jersey.

  16. Mrs HJ also going tomorrow so I need everyone on here to stick to the same story. Remember Lhads – “the designer shops are shut on a Wednesday”

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




    Pretty sure Mrs SOT will be happy to undermine your plan.



    Early closing,that won’t work.



    Tell her it’s a religious holiday.



    Or,according to GEORDIE MUNRO,use my old trick of-oops forgot my wallet!

  18. saltires en sevilla supporting wee oscar on

    Getting my line on for Milan



    Notice W Hills have a different sheet for every UK team’s CL game



    Except Celts..



    we are lumped onto a shared page with a team playing a scottish 3rd tier regional domestic match under heading ‘midweek o** f***’



    Them thar Hills’ ….are they orcish?



    not too happy… going to lose my cash elsewhere in future :-)




  19. As I said a few days ago. Scott Brown is our most important player.



    Tomorrow`s team :




    Lustig, Ambrose, van Djik, Izaguirre.








    Lennie doesn`t do surprises.

  20. Marrakesh Express on

    I was never a big Brown fan (lack of goals and not the best passer)but I have to admit he looks to be finally blossoming into a more mature and vital player for us. The guy has energy to burn and will work all day, but he seems to be tempering this attribute to greater effect, as Saturday at Tynecastle showed. The likes of Roy Keane and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the exact type of player Scott Brown should aspire to. I’m not suggesting he’ll ever get to that level but I feel he’s just reaching his peak, and thats an exciting prospect.

  21. I have never admitted to having a wallet.



    Hope to meet come CQNers tomorrow. I am sure people will be posting where they are congregrating.

  22. Greenyinfurrafenian


    My historian brother, Gordon , is currently in Milan in preparation for tomorrow night’s event otherwise he would offer you chapter and verse on your questions around Brake Clubs.


    Growing up in the Gorbals in the 1950s/1960s I was a member of the Sarsfield Celtic Supporters Club ( still have the membership card and constitution -open to all irrespective of creed , colour etc ) and that banner featured on the brake made regular appearances at our meetings and social events. It last had an outing at the semi final of the cup winners cup against Liverpool at Anfield ( lost 2-0, Celtic had a last minute incorrectly chalked off, and some altercations took place on the terracing ) in 1966. My brother wrote a piece in the Celtic View a couple of years back trying to track it down. Sean Fallon was the lifetime President of the club and had an affinity with it. It has been suggested that it might just be in the care of the Fallon family.


    I am in London, largely out of the loop ( although still with a couple of season tickets ) and certainly hope it has survived. That banner has a colourful history .

  23. I hope we don’t play Sammy up front on his own tomorrow night. I think it just doesn’t work for us and he mostly looks disinterested playing in that role. Stokes is on fire at the moment and can turn defenders with his skill and vision when in this kinda form.




  24. Philbhoy 14.50



    When I was younger and had a go at the players.(I’m too old for that now)



    Peter Grant was frequently on the end of my tongue.



    I thought he was the most basic player ever to hold a regular first team spot over a number of seasons.



    Lee Naylor took that mantle from him a few seasons ago.



    I travelled the 35 mild to O’Brien’s in Dundee to attend a fundraiser for a Celtic supporters club in Dundee.(Now the Lee Walker CSC)



    The weather was abysmal , an arctic storm , with the worst snow for many a year.



    Our 40 min journey took 2 hours.



    It was a midweek night.



    Only one representative from Celtic made it.



    That man was Peter Grant.



    All the way from Holytown.



    I met him at the start of the next season , when the team stayed over , at the Skean Dhu(SPL) at Altens in Aberdeen.



    He was the most welcoming of all the players , including my hero Psul McStay.



    PVHD, Cadette, Di Canio, Thom , were all in the squad, but Peter Grant had more class and humility than all of them put together.



    He was a limited player .


    He has said so himself.



    But few have worn the Celtic shirt with such pride .


    Specially in the modern era.



    Peter Grant is due better than the insults that you have bestowed upon him.



    Andy Walker (not the player) best described him on that night.



    “Peter Grant, he’s a Celtic man.”




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




    With equal respect,mention one player who had to be taken off after an altercation with Roy Aitken.

  26. Tiny Tiny


    at 15.27



    Nice wan,pally.






    Brave tae.. Tae Dare go agin the Tide.



    Ah heard much the same thing aboot..OOR PETER. as you hiv Discorvered.



    But, Ah nevah hid any personal contact with the guy, such as you did;



    and ..Knowing the kinda Shrewd Son of a Gun that You are.. in weighin up


    Folk’s Character..




    Ah opt tae be oan your side of this.



    Peter, is as you hiv Quoted..






    “Celtic Man”..and that’s guid enuff fur me.





    Still, Laughin’

  27. TinyTim



    15:27 on 17 September, 2013




    Well said.



    Too many on here are too quick to turn on our own.



    Fickle through and through.

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