Celtic captain Scott Brown must stick around at Parkhead and it would be ‘crazy’ not to have him around next season.
Sutton speaks out
Those are the words of former Bhoys striker Chris Sutton, who has had to witness an unusual turn of events at his old club this season.
Neil Lennon’s side are currently 19 points behind arch-rivals Rangers with three games in hand, and they have had to put up with protests calling for his dismissal following their early exit from the Europa League.
On top of this, the Irish tactician has often opted to drop Brown in favour of youngsters Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull, who have been impressive this season for the Hoops.
Writing in his Daily Record column, Sutton believes that Brown must be retained at all costs.
“Scott Brown must stay,” he said. “Regardless of whether Celtic win or lose the race for Ten In A Row.
“He’s been sat on the sidelines in other recent matches as Ismaila Soro has taken his place and really cemented a spot in the side.
“It all points to a career winding down. An inspirational skipper who is coming to the end of the road with a contract expiring at the end of the season.”
Sutton continued: “But I’ll tell you one thing. With so much uncertainty around Celtic and huge upheaval looming in the coming months, it would be crazy not to have Brown around that dressing room for 2021-22.
“I’m not saying he should be playing 20 or 25 games. It might only be five or 10. As he turns 36 years of age of June, it might not be any.
“But I still feel he needs to be there and there’s a reason for coming to this definitive conclusion.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
Brown has been sensational for Celtic over the years and has been the driving force of his team’s dominance in Scottish football.
Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney recently described him as the “perfect” leader and was in awe of his qualities, which supporters will be fully aware of.
Someone with that sort of presence in the dressing room should have the chance to stick around at the club. Brown is Mr Celtic and Parkhead will be a strange place without him.
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