FOLLOWING on from legendary Celtic skipper Scott Brown’s departure back at the end of the 2020/21 Premiership campaign, with the return of manager Brendan Rodgers, there were certainly some fans out there who thought that the now 38 year old make make some kind of return to Parkhead in a coaching capacity, but sadly this is not be.
Having spent two seasons with Aberdeen after leaving us with ‘Nine in a Row’ under his belt, along with many of the other honours and titles he helped us to, he hung up his boots and made the step into management in recent times, taking in a spell with English League One side Fleetwood Town – but he departed them at the beginning of last month.
Former Scotland international manager Gordon Strachan knows him well, and he believes that Brown will only return to Celtic under his own merit, having earned a shot as our manager in his own right. Pick your own number on the roulette wheel if you are someone who likes to visit GGBET casino as to when it might happen.
Speaking to the media this week, Strachan was not surprised to see him not return north, but instead enter into talks with Cheltenham Town as he looks to bounce back from his first ever sacking. Being sacked on a pretty regular basis is something even good managers have to accept and get their heads around in the modern game.
“Yes, I’m sure there would be a place for him at Celtic if he wanted one. But would he really want to be at a place based upon past history? Because you can sniff that. You always want to go back on merit and that’s the way he’ll be thinking. He doesn’t want to see Celtic as some sort of comfort blanket, knowing he could always go back there into some sort of role.”
Strachan went on to say that Brown was 100% doing the right thing by throwing the blanket away and simply looking for his next step, and his next experience in the game, and ultimately he will thrive off the responsibility and be the better for learning from his failings.
“There’s no snobbery or arrogance to it. It’s like, ‘Cheltenham want me? Wonderful. Thank you very much. I’ll have a go at this and see where it takes us,’. There’s no thoughts in his head about, “I’m better than this,’. That’s the reality of the game. There has to be a starting point.”
Whilst the 66 year old did not obviously name names, he went on to praise him for going down the leagues for experience (knowing it could well backfire) given what feels like a growing number of former players in the game appear to be looking for a leg up given their playing credentials.
“The problem was he went there (Fleetwood) at a time when there was some uncertainty in the background. I’ve always said, when you take on a job, you have to take a real look at where you are going and make sure you’re going to be given a right good chance. At Fleetwood he did a good job but everything changed around him – the atmosphere around the owner, the budget and everything like that. I’ve been lucky, I’ve always worked with great people so hopefully he’ll have done his homework on that.”
Brown will learn from experience, and maybe, just maybe, one day he will return home.