KRIS COMMONS: Scott Brown is a Celtic legend and their loss is Aberdeen's gain


KRIS COMMONS: Scott Brown is a Celtic legend and goes down as one of the club’s greatest ever captains… it’s unbelievable he was not offered a coaching role at Parkhead

  • Scott Brown has confirmed he will be leaving Celtic at the end of the season 
  • He goes down as a club legend with an incredible trophy haul of 22 honours
  • Aberdeen have handed him a coaching deal in what will be a huge gain 
  • Celtic in their current state should have kept his professionalism around the club

It’s the end of an era as Scott Brown leaves Celtic after 14 years. So how will history judge his achievements at Parkhead?

Well, Billy McNeill obviously stands on his own as the club’s finest-ever skipper after lifting the European Cup in 1967 and winning nine in a row.

But I’d put Brown right up there amongst any of the other great Celtic captains.

In terms of his incredible trophy haul of 22, his longevity and professionalism, his commitment to the club amid interest from England and Australia, and the way he drove up standards in the dressing room under various managers, he deserves every accolade coming his way.

Scott Brown and Celtic have confirmed they will part ways at the end of the season

Scott Brown and Celtic have confirmed they will part ways at the end of the season

But there are actually two Scott Browns.

A lot of people think of him with the shaved head, eyes bulging, standing in the tunnel like a man possessed waiting to go into battle in front of 55,000 fans. That’s Broony!

Yet his team-mates will also think of the super-generous guy who would do anything for anybody and who did so much charitable work behind the scenes at Celtic.

That’s the Scott Brown that will forever be remembered and appreciated by myself.

I do find it baffling that Celtic are letting him walk.

At the start of the season, when the club were going for ten in a row, if anyone had said they’d end up looking for a new manager, a new chief exec and a new captain — and potentially not win a trophy — you’d have thought: ‘What on earth happened there’?

Brown lifted 22 trophies during a glory strewn spell with the Scottish giants

Brown lifted 22 trophies during a glory strewn spell with the Scottish giants

Kris Commons and Scott Brown celebrating Celtic's title win of the 2013-14 campaign

Kris Commons and Scott Brown celebrating Celtic’s title win of the 2013-14 campaign

It’s astonishing he’s not been offered a similar coaching role at Parkhead to the one he’s taken on at Aberdeen. He could still be a player-coach at Celtic next season, no question.

But their loss will be Aberdeen’s gain. He’ll drive up standards at Pittodrie without a doubt.

If Scott Brown walked into a dressing room and I had my boots on, I would automatically go up a couple of notches to impress him.

You only have to look at the Aberdeen statement to see how much they value his experience and his winning mentality.

But why is that being allowed to walk out of Celtic Park?

Will Brown be back at Celtic one day? I think he could be a manager-in-waiting.

He’s arguably Neil Lennon’s protege. He played against Neil, he played alongside Neil, and he gave Neil his best years.

Celtic's loss will be Aberdeen’s gain and Brown will drive up standards at Pittodrie

Celtic’s loss will be Aberdeen’s gain and Brown will drive up standards at Pittodrie

But management comes with a huge amount of pressure and expectancy. Take Frank Lampard, for example. He’s Chelsea’s record scorer and, within 18 months, was shown the door at Stamford Bridge.

It’s a cut-throat business, so it’s extremely risky to put yourself in the firing line when you have a legacy at that same club as a player.

But what Scott Brown has achieved as a player at Celtic Park will stand the test of time.

The fact he’s not had as much game time in his last season, and the fact Celtic did not make it to ten in a row, should in no way tarnish his legacy.

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