The has been news linking Celtic captain Scott Brown with Newcatsle over the last week or so.
Scott Brown – not interested in a move to Newcastle
And we though that may have been because newcatsle manager Alan Pardew was looking to bring in somebody who could replace former captain Kevin Nolan, and take over Kevin’s role as Newcastle captain.
But Scott, born in Dunfermline, made it clear he saw no reason to leave Celtic at all, and was looking forward to winning a lot more trophies (Scottish trophies), with the Glasgow club.
This is what Brown told the Daily Record:
“I’ve heard all the stuff about Newcastle but I haven’t paid the slightest attention to it.”
“I’m captain of Celtic Football Club, why would I even think about going anywhere else?”
“A few weeks ago I had the privilege of lifting my first piece of silverware since being given the armband 18 months ago.”
“I have a hunger to win more trophies as Celtic captain so that I can look back at my time at the club and consider myself to have been a success.”
It was hardly surprising to us that Brown gave short shrift to Newcastle, because the Scottish players (and fans) will still remember critical comments made by manager Pardew about the level of Scottish football.
That was after Newcatsle goalkeeper returned from a season-long local deal to the Glasgow club.
It’s a delicate subject up there, and of course the Scots just love their football, although the SPL is probably equivalent to England’s third division, and is hardly a top European league.
Any player who plays for Celtic or Rangers has a couple of guarantees – one is that they will win Scottish trophies, and the other is that they will play in the Champions League every season.
And that’s enough for a lot of players in Scotland to reject any move to England, especially for those who were born and bred there.
With Alan’s comments on the record, we don’t expect it to be easy for the club to attract players from Celtic or Rangers over the summer – even if Newcastle are interested in some of them.
For the record 25 year-old Scott Brown has played 163 times for Celtic with 15 goals since moving from Hibernian in 2007 for £4.4M.
What do you think?