There aren’t many players that give ten years of their playing career to a club these days. And there certainly isn’t another player like Scott Brown.
Before he joined Celtic, Broony had already made a name for himself at Hibs. I recall the player in regular midfield tussles, particularly between himself and Neil Lennon in the mid-00’s.
When Gordon Strachan signed him for a Scottish domestic record I never knew what sort of career he would carve out at the club, but I was pleased he was coming to Celtic. Young, talented and a little bit fiery.
When you consider it cost Celtic £4.4M to sign him, it’s been money well spent. Especially for a decade’s worth of service.
In that time he’s served under five different Celtic managers. Strachan, Mowbray, Lennon, Deila and now Rodgers.
It hasn’t always been plain sailing for the Dunfermline born midfielder. He’s had to prove himself over and over again.
Yet, he has always stuck by his managers. With the exception of Tony Mowbray perhaps.
His maturity at Celtic will be part of his legacy as is his rise from understudy to club captain in the space of three years. Broony didn’t have everyone convinced though.
Plenty of the Celtic support have cast their doubts about him from time-to-time. I wouldn’t disagree that some of the time they were even right.
I’ve always tried to look at the bigger picture though. There are always factors in a player’s life we know nothing about which can affect their game.
They can go from great seasons to not so great seasons. Injuries, poor form and suspensions…that’s a football career for you.
Broony has always done his talking on the park first. By doing so, he’s afforded himself the luxury of being able to challenge people off the park including players, managers, officials and pundits, but only secondary to doing it on the field of play.
He’s a smart guy, speaks well in the media and has learned how to conduct himself in one of the hardest roles in football. The craft he learned at Hibs developed at Celtic and he deserves praise by remaining committed to Scotland’s biggest club.
Despite a number of attempts he was never lured away from Celtic. He valued what he had as captain of a special club and stayed to build upon that.
He’s outlasted most and become a club legend in the making. There is no other player quite like him and right now he is playing the best football of his career.
I don’t recall any Celtic player making me laugh like he does. Except perhaps maybe Frank McAvennie or one of the Lisbon Lions.
For all he might have his detractors, he is head and shoulders above any active Scottish footballer today. He’s had the armband for club and country and the silverware to back it up.
When rubbing shoulders with the giants of Europe he’s come off better and worse. That’s helped round him into the professional he is today.
His swagger and style is recognisable particularly to those he winds up, but he isn’t a dirty player. He also has the skills to pay the bills and that is why he is still at Celtic.
Every team in Scotland would die for a Scott Brown in their ranks. There’s only one available though and he’s ours.
By the end of this season he will have completed ten years at the club. May 29th to be exact.
In a season that hasn’t quite matched last seasons invincible run, Broony has been a mainstay. Since Brendan Rodgers arrived, he’s been a standout out for his manager.
This season he’s been different class though. That was reflected by being voted the club’s Player of the Year.
Now he is on the shortlist for PFA Player of the Year as well. Despite the noteworthy competition of Kris Boyd, John McGinn and fellow Celt, James Forrest, you cannot argue about Broony’s application this season.
Looking over his Celtic career, he has produced 30 or more appearances each season. That’s taking into account injuries and suspensions, but he’s also managed to score every season….except this one.
So I guess that means you’ve got five matches left to keep your record up-to-date, Scott? Tell you what, how about Sunday?
I’m glad you chose Celtic, Broony. I’m also glad you decided to make a career of it with the club as well.
Our captain, our leader. I’m glad he’s our Bhoy.
More happy times ahead. For Broony and for us.