Why we just can’t agree with Scott Brown

SCOTT BROWN understands that he is bound to be a contender for the various Player of the Year Awards – Celtic have just opened the club’s own voting options now – but he has urged supporters, fellow professionals (for the Players Player award) and even journalists (for the Sports Writers award) to forget him and vote for James Forrest.

The Celtic captain explains…

“We’ve got so many good players. James Forrest has been our player of the year by a country mile given how well he’s played – he’s been exceptional after coming through here as a young kid.

“He’s doing it week-in, week-out against quality players and working under a manager who loves him. Seeing the young ones coming through puts a smile on my face more than anything. We have Kieran Tierney as well, who’s been outstanding and I enjoy watching them flourish – it also makes my job so much easier.

“I’ve probably been more consistent this season. I’ve also been injury-free and managed to play in most of the games. We’re winning games and trophies so that’s a good campaign for me. I’m not here to score goals or create chances, but just to help out the rest of the lads and make sure the ball keeps moving in the middle of the park.

“I’d give it to James because it’s the best season I’ve ever seen him have. He’s scored 16 goals and I’ve never seen him play with a smile on his face as much as he does now.

“Without laughing or joking, I don’t think you should give awards to players who don’t score goals or produce assists so it would be James for me. It’s about time that everyone realised how good he is.

“People say he doesn’t have the quality in the final third but he can go past a man, he’s been scoring goals and that’s shut everyone up. When you look at his stats on and off the park – whether it’s playing or training – it shows he’s just getting better and better. His ball retention is great as well.

“He’s also still young enough that he can hit new levels next season.”

Do we agree with Scott Brown? Yes and no.

YES if we accept his premise that he should be overlooked. In those circumstances it would be James Forrest followed by Kieran Tierney, who has two or three goals in contention for goal of the season too! Not bad for a left back!

NO because we can’t really agree with Broony and ignore what he has brought to the side this season – he has been truly inspirational and would be our choice of Player of the Year for all the awards mentioned above!

And last week we had a story about Broony being the next Celtic manager – read HERE – he’d get our vote for that one too!

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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 editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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