Michael Stewart says Celtic could have held onto Scott Brown had they moved to replace Neil Lennon more quickly.
The former Scottish international was speaking on Sunday’s edition of Sportscene.
Celtic parted ways with Neil Lennon at the end of February but have yet to appoint a long-term successor.
Around a month after Lennon’s resignation, Brown announced that he would call time on his 14-year Celtic career.
He signed a pre-contract agreement with Aberdeen and will join in a player-coach role (via The Guardian) – the 35-year-old skipper played his last game in Celtic colours on Saturday, a goalless draw with Hibernian.
Brown won 10 Scottish league titles, six Scottish Cups and seven Scottish League Cups in Glasgow (via Transfermarkt).
Callum McGregor, set to don the armband going forward, insisted that the veteran ‘hasn’t lost a yard’, hailing Brown as ‘absolutely immense’ and a ‘first class’ player.
Stewart doesn’t think Brown’s departure should have been regarded as inevitable, saying the midfielder still has plenty to offer on the field.
“I can’t help but think that had Celtic been able to get this managerial situation sorted earlier, that Scott Brown could well have been hanging round there for longer.
“But what Celtic have lost is Aberdeen’s gain, forgetting the assistant manager’s role.”
Brown must have been torn. On the one hand, Lennon’s departure and the breaking of Celtic’s stranglehold marked the natural end of an era, with a rebuild in the offing.
But on the other, he surely wanted to go out on a high rather than such a dismal low for the football club, and perhaps it would have been enjoyable to lead a new era as an experienced head, even if not a major part of the first-team action.
Ultimately, what matters now is that the likes of McGregor step up to fill the void and relish, rather than shirk, the extra responsibility. Given
In other news, there was a ‘confident’ update in Celtic’s pursuit of a manager.
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