BR-Exit – It’s time to forgive and forget argues Broony

SCOTT BROWN wants us to forgive and forget as far as Brendan Rodgers is concerned. The former Celtic manager was back in Glasgow yesterday for Billy McNeill’s funeral and came in for some criticism from one or two sources later in the day.

That isn’t something we’d go along with – we’d have criticised him if as a former Celtic manager had he NOT attended the funeral. You can’t have it both ways – Rodgers did the RIGHT thing yesterday but as far as this forgive and forget stuff, think Broony will need to park that one for now…

Here’s what Broony has been saying to the media, as reported in Scottish Sun this morning, starting with what Rodgers did for the Celtic captain’s career.

“For me, he was unbelievable. He made the last two-and-a-half years of my career so exciting. He pushed me on to levels I’d never have hit if he hadn’t come in and put that trust and belief in me.

“I’m hoping that he could come back for a game one day and say goodbye properly — it would be amazing.

“I think when people look back in ten years’ time they will see how well he did. They’ll look at his record here, competing for seven trophies and winning all seven, they’ll see it’s not a bad record.

“We also managed to change the way we played under Brendan. We maybe weren’t the best team to watch in the past but Brendan came in and took all the criticism of us trying to play out from the back.

“Now everyone wants us to play out from the back in every single game and that’s down to that man taking the time and patience and settling the club down.”

Maybe not EVERYONE Scott!

Broony, along with Mikael Lustig and James Forrest are the only three player who have been at Celtic for every step pf the way towards 8 in a row – which can be achieved today with at least a draw at Pittodrie.

Aberdeen will be doing all they can to make sure that we don’t win it on their patch and a defeat today would open up the possibility of the Rangers being able to take it to the last game – that would be in their hands. David Potter outlined this threat yesterday…

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“I think I’m enjoying every single game more. Knowing I am coming towards the end of my career does that. To be playing, whether it’s games in training or games in front of 60,000 people, is important,” Broony said.

“I’m playing with a smile on my face, I’m more relaxed when it comes to keeping the ball. If I score a goal, I score a goal. If someone else scores the goal and we win, I’m delighted.

“Every game now is just about helping my team-mates out and savouring things more. There are memories that will always stay with me.

“Aberdeen has always been a hard place to go. We just hope it’s a bit sunnier than usual and the pitch is nice.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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