Celtic fans have become accustomed to domestic success, with titles reigning down upon Celtic Park in recent years.
The club have run unopposed in the SPL since Rangers’ financial collapse, with the likes of Aberdeen threatening, but ultimately failing to dislodge Brendan Rodgers’s men from their throne. Fans here at The Transfer Tavern have enjoyed the success of their side, and sing long into the night after every trophy that goes down in the history books of this illustrious club. Celtic fans are used to good news, and may have received a boost today, with central midfielder and captain Scott Brown suggesting to the Scottish Sun that his club career with the Hoops will always come over the national side.
”I love playing for Scotland. I enjoy it and I really enjoy being captain of Scotland”, he said.
“It’s a huge honour but sometimes you need to look after your own body.
“I retired the last time due to me not being fit enough. I couldn’t set the standards I wanted to set for Celtic or Scotland.
“It was hard but since the manager came in here he’s freshened everything up and I feel good again.
“But that’s a thing I need to keep in the back of my mind, that I don’t kill myself going away with Scotland for ten days and two big games.
“I need to be playing for Celtic so I need to make sure I’m fine for the best of both worlds really.”
The 32-year-old came out of retirement to return to the national set-up under former boss Gordon Strachan, but has admitted that he cannot provide any guarantees over his Scotland future, as he looks to extend his club career for as long as possible.
Landlord’s Verdict: This news will come as a huge boost for Celtic fans, but will also dishearten the same bunch when international duty rolls around. Scottish fans remain passionate about both their club and country, but fans of the Hoops will certainly be more keen to see the player extend his career at club level, rather than with the national side.
Brown has proven himself a loyal servant for both club and country, and the majority of fans will surely respect his decision to limit his output with the national side. The admission may be a blessing in disguise, with fresh talent able to develop and break into the squad that will challenge for European Championship qualification following the World Cup.
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