Celtic legend Scott Brown eyes Raith Rovers job for his first step into management

Twenty three major honours as a player – and captaining the side for most of those – is bound to hold you in good stead as you try and make your first steps in the world of football management.

And former Celtic legend Scott Brown will be hoping his playing record, alongside the recent experience as a coach alongside Stephen Glass at Aberdeen, will put him front and centre for the vacant Raith Rovers Job, with The Scotsman reporting Broony’s interest in replacing John McGlynn in the Starks Park hot-seat.

Brown will have to fend off competition from former Raith players Danny Lennon and Laurie Ellis alongside Airdrie boss Ian Murray, and James McPake who was successful in getting Dundee promoted to the top-flight before losing his job and being replaced by former Celtic striker Mark McGhee.

There is also believed to be competition from ex-Hibs teammate and pal Kevin Thomson with the former Ibrox player having sealed promotion from League 2 with Kelty Hearts this season.

Scott Brown of Aberdeen interacts with Ange Postecoglou at the match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on October 03, 2021. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brown has been training with Dunfermline since Jim Goodwin’s appointment at Pittodrie saw Broony deemed as surplus to requirements in the North-East, with Goodwin looking to bring in his own men to try and turn around the fortunes of the Dons who suffered a miserable season.

Raith Rovers will feel they have a chance at promotion next season after former boss McGlynn finished in fifth place in the Championship, only narrowly missing out on a play-off spot, and McGlynn, in his comments when departing, certainly indicates the foundations of a good side would already be in place for Brown should Rovers decide the former Celt is the man for the job.

“We leave the club in a far better place than when we arrived, there is a good squad of players and with additions this summer, they can be a great team.”

Photo: Andrew Milligan

Scott Brown may not have the management experience of some of those that have made the Kircaldy club’s shortlist so far, but what he would do is bring a winning mentality to Raith Rovers. And if, as McGlynn points out, the squad has a good standard of player already in place then Brown’s will to win may be enough to push Rovers on as promotion contenders next season.

This job certainly seems the perfect place for Scott Brown to begin his first steps on a road to a management career. Hopefully he is afforded the opportunity.

Niall J

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As a Bellshill Bhoy I was taken to my first Celtic game in the summer of 1987. It was Billy McNeill’s return to Celtic Park as manager and Celtic lost 5-1 to Arsenal . I thought I was a jinx, I think my Grandfather might have thought the same. It was the finest gift anyone ever gave me when he walked me through Parkhead's gates.

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