Former Scottish Premiership defender Alan Hutton believes that Celtic captain Scott Brown could find himself ostracised at Parkhead if his performances do not pick up.
Celtic career over for Brown?
The 35-year-old has been an unused substitute during the Bhoys’ last two games in place of Ismaila Soro, and Neil Lennon’s side won both games (TransferMarkt).
Brown, who has won 10 league titles with Celtic, has made 23 appearances in all competitions during the 2020/21 campaign, which takes his overall tally to 591 outings, with 45 goals and 60 assists to his name (TransferMarkt).
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton made a surprising claim about Brown’s Celtic future.
“You always need competition, that’s the thing – if you don’t, you tend to get a wee bit lazy, and you just expect to play,” he said.
“I think Scott Brown has been an unbelievable servant to Celtic over the years, he truly has, has he’s a great guy, I know him well, but obviously there comes a time where the young, hungry apprentice is going to be breathing down your neck and I think this is the time.
“For Scott Brown, it’s either you up your game or it’s time to move aside and let the Soro’s of the world come through and take your place. I know the type of guy Scott Brown is, he’ll never take a challenge lying down.
“He’ll head on with them and go, obviously, for the place so it’ll be a good battle between them but at the moment Soro’s playing really well.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
This is a pretty harsh statement to make about a player that is a club legend at Parkhead.
Brown has indeed had better seasons playing for Celtic, but to think that his career could come to an end and he is just going to ‘move aside’ is difficult to comprehend.
That being said, if Soro continues to be selected ahead of him, it may leave Lennon with a difficult decision to make in the summer when Brown’s contract is set to expire.
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