“In front of 60,000 fans or nobody, I want to win,” the hunger that drives Celtic captain Scott Brown

THERE are no thoughts in Scott Brown’s mind of him entering the last season of his playing career at Celtic. It seems pretty much a sure thing that when he does decide it’s time to hang up his boots then he’ll simply move up to join the coaching staff at the club and perhaps be the next manager after Neil Lennon’s second tenure comes to an end. Or maybe he’ll be the assistant to John Kennedy, who has an incredible amount of experience and has been a long term favourite of the Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell.

Tellingly, when Rodgers did his shameful midnight flit taking as many bodies as he possibly could from the Celtic coaching and backroom staff with him, it was only John Kennedy who remained faithful to Celtic and remained to become Lennon’s Assistant Manager.

But Scott Brown will not be thinking about any of that stuff for now and he hopes that by the end of this season he’ll not only be the Ten-in-a-Row skipper who has been at Celtic every step of the way through that decade of dominance but also will be back at the other side of the table to Lawwell in the Celtic Boardroom putting pen to paper on a new contract to keep playing for the club he has grown to love.

Yesterday the BBC asked the Celtic captain if he had thoughts about retiring at the end of the season with Ten-in-a-Row securing his legendary status for all time among the Celtic support. Not a chance! Here’s the exchange, watch for yourself and you’ll get the message. Broony is nowhere near ready to call it a day anytime soon!

Other than brilliantly answering the BBC’s daft question Scott Brown had plenty more to say yesterday on the eve of the new Premiership season kicking off.

“It’ll be good to get back into competitive games, the lads have missed it,” Broony said at Lennoxtown as reported by the official Celtic site. “We’ve worked hard in the extended pre-season. It’s been a long time since we’ve had competitive games, so it’s huge for us that we hit the ground running.

“For me, it’s magnificent to be captain of this club. I came here to win trophies and that’s always my aim. I want to be winning trophies and challenging. We’ve still got a trophy to be competing for from last season, so we’re looking forward to that as well,” Broony said.

“That hunger for success is part of me. I’m very competitive and I always want to win games. Whether that’s at training or in games, in front of 60,000 fans or nobody, I want to win.

“We know it’s going to be different, playing without any fans, but we’ve had a couple of games recently to try it out and see what it’s like and we’ve managed to come through it and play well. Hopefully we can continue that on Sunday.”

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