Emotional Day Awaits Paradise But Scott Brown Sentiment Should Wait

An emotional afternoon awaits Paradise as tributes will be paid to the late great Bertie Auld ahead of kick off against Aberdeen. It is only right that the club honours one of its greatest and most charismatic figures on the first home match since his tragic passing. In addition to remembering a Celtic icon, another club legend will be returning to the stadium in the form of Aberdeen skipper Scott Brown.

Broony was a giant at Celtic. He captained the club to four consecutive trebles and nine league titles in a row, with some outstanding performances along the way. In that sense, he is more than deserving of the Celtic support’s appreciation, particularly as Covid-19 denied him a proper send off. However, as an opposition player competing against the Hoops today, those tributes should probably wait until full time or an appropriate moment in the game such as when Brown is substituted (if such a situation transpires).

Nir Bitton of Celtic battles for possession with Scott Brown (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s important we don’t get too caught up in the sentiment. Today is a massive game that must be won. Broony will always be a Celtic legend, he deserves to be welcomed with respect, but for 90 minutes he is an opposition player. He will do his utmost to win the game for Aberdeen (as he should) and, personally speaking, I don’t think we should encourage opponents if it can potentially assist them in any way. I look forward to thanking him for everything he has done for us… at the right juncture in this afternoon’s proceedings.

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About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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