The Celtic fans in the Transfer Tavern have been in a good mood of late, having enjoyed watching their side get over their Champions League trouncing from Bayern Munich by progressing into the League Cup final.
Indeed, the collective mood amongst the Bhoys in our bar was made even better following Rangers’ exit at the semi-final stage, as a result of losing to Motherwell. With that in mind, our punters clad in green and white are really rather happy right now.
So, reports from the Scottish Sun have been met with clear heads amongst our resident Hoops. According to their story, Scott Brown will meet Scotland’s interim manager Malky Mackay before making a decision on his international future. Though the midfielder had been expected to retire following Gordon Strachan’s exit, club boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he will hold talks with Mackay.
Brown has previously called time on his Scotland career, though was brought back into the Tartan Army’s fold by Strachan halfway through their ultimately failed World Cup qualifying campaign, so it’ll be interesting to see whether or not he does call a second end to a Scotland journey that began in 2005.
The former Hibs man will meet Mackay prior to his country’s meeting with Holland at Pittodrie in November to figure out his plans and not many of the Celtic fans in our bar want him to continue internationally. They’d much rather see him extend his club career.
“Scott will meet Malky but it doesn’t have to be conclusive now”, he said.
“I have my feelings on it and I’ll always say that to Scott but ultimately it’s down to him and his body and where he’s at.
“Scotland will be embarking soon on the European Championships front, so if they can get to that he’ll be 35.”
Brown should call it quits for Scotland and allow a younger generation to emerge. Part of their problem during the World Cup qualifying campaign was the unwillingness to develop new players, so it’s time to step aside.