Tributes for Scott Brown as Celtic legend hangs up his boots to focus on management

Scott Brown last night announced that after a distinguished and hugely successful playing career he has reached a decision to hang up his boots to concentrate on his ambitions in management which could begin in his own patch through in Fife where he is in the running for the vacant Raith Rovers job.

Speaking to Daily Record, the Celtic legend was full of praise for his successor Callum McGregor who a week today should be – barring an absolute disaster – be lifting the Scottish premiership trophy in front of 60,000 Celtic fans at Paradise and no-one will be happier than Scott Brown when that happens. On his own decision to call time on what has been a wonderful playing career Scott Brown had this say:

“It’s been a very difficult decision to call time on my playing career but I’ll be 37 next month and I feel the time is right for me to announce that I’m retiring in order to focus fully on becoming a manager.

“It’s the end of one chapter but the start of a new one and I’m excited about what the future might hold. Obviously I will cherish some amazing moments from my time and none better than winning so many trophies during my years at Celtic. So I’m delighted that the club is now about to celebrate winning the title back.

“I know how it feels to lift that trophy and how much hard work is required to win it. So I have to take my hat off to Ange Postecoglou for the job he has done in such a short space of time. I hope the manager and the players savour every moment.

“It was always an honour for me going out there as captain, knowing the lads were listening to you in that huddle, with 50,000 fans behind us wanting us to do our best.

“Yes my last season didn’t go that well but that’s football. You’d take nine out of 10 titles all day long! So I’ll just have to take that one on the chin.

“But you learn lessons from the tough times too and I think everyone at the club took those lessons on board. They’ve responded by really kicking on this season and it’s been fantastic just to watch the way they’ve gone about it.

“The inverted full-backs, the high press, the energy levels – that’s the way I will want my teams to play the game when I’m a manager somewhere down the line.”

“I’ll be honest, when I saw them at the start of the season I was a little bit worried. But after the first three or four weeks you could see what he was trying to put in place. He brought in some new faces and added real pace and energy into the team – and that’s what Celtic is all about.

“It’s all about playing good, attractive football at high intensity and that’s what Ange has delivered.

“Yes, a lot of people were on his back early doors but he had to build a brand new team pretty much from scratch from what we had last season. So he’s done a great job, getting the lads to buy into his philosophy and focus on how he wants them to play. It’s been brilliant to see.”

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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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