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

Scott Brown announced last night that after a distinguished and hugely successful playing career he had made the decision to hang up his boots to focus on his managerial ambitions which could start in his own patch all the way to Fife where he is in 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 from today, is set – barring absolute disaster – to lift the Scottish Premier’s trophy ahead of 60,000 Celtic fans in Paradise and no one will be happier. than Scott Brown when it happens. Of his own decision to end what has been a wonderful playing career, Scott Brown said:

“It was a very difficult decision to end my playing career, but I will be 37 next month and I think the time has come for me to announce that I am retiring in order to concentrate fully. about becoming a coach.

“It’s the end of a chapter but the start of a new one and I’m excited for what the future may hold. Obviously I will cherish some amazing moments in my time and nothing better than winning so many trophies during my time at Celtic, so I’m delighted the club are about to celebrate their title win back.

“I know what it’s like to lift this trophy and how much hard work it takes to win it. So I have to take my hat off to Ange Postecoglou for the job he has done in such a short time. I hope the manager and players savor every moment.

“It was always an honor for me to go out there as captain, knowing that the guys were listening to you in that group, with 50,000 fans behind us who wanted us to do our best.

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

“But you also learn lessons from difficult times and I think everyone at the club has learned those lessons. They responded by really kicking it this season and it was fantastic to see how they handled it.

“Inverted full-backs, high pressure, energy levels – that’s how I want my teams to play the game when I’m manager somewhere down the line.”

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

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

“Yeah, a lot of people were on his doorstep early on, but he had to build a whole new team pretty much from what we had last season. So he’s done a great job of getting guys to buy into his philosophy and focus on how he wants them to play. It was awesome to see.

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