Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has said that Celtic were desperate to keep Scott Brown this summer. Brown will lead out the Dons on October 3rd against Celtic. His successor, Callum McGregor, will likely be back to lead the Celts in action. Speaking to Graham Hunter on The Big Interview, Glass praised Brown’s qualities and admitted that Celtic tried to get him to stay at Paradise.
“He could have stayed at Celtic – they were desperate to keep him.
“Everybody loves him. Guys that have hated him love him.
“If you hated Scott Brown and now he plays for your team do you not want your team to win because Scott Brown plays for them?
“He wanted to be involved in a coaching staff.
“He’s driven, he wants to get better, he wants to learn everything about managing and coaching while still focusing on being one of the best professionals at the club.
“In terms of leadership on the pitch I don’t think there’s anyone better and he’s proved it over the last 15 years. And he’s already proved it in a red jersey.
“He puts demand on everybody. The young players. I’ve seen it. Everybody in the whole club can feel.
“He’s got a presence. I spoke to him over the years but you’re away and on the phone all the time and I’d forgotten how much of a physical presence he’s got when you meet him – he’s an imposing character.”
After 22 trophies with Celtic, Brown left Celtic to reunite with his former Hibernian teammate Stephen Glass at Aberdeen. The deal clearly offered him some security as it is a two-year deal that encapsulates both playing and coaching, which for the 36-year-old is highly desirable. You would not rule out seeing the player return to Celtic in a managerial capacity at some point in the next few years.
It is a totally bizarre experience seeing Brown pulling on another kit but he made a decision to prolong his playing career whilst Celtic opted to undergo an overhaul of the footballing department. The Dons are currently struggling a bit and sit just one place below Celtic in the table.
Celtic signed James McCarthy as the apparent heir to Brown in the midfield; however, after suffering from COVID-19, his first start was easily forgettable.