Celtic captain Scott Brown has been attacked by former Scottish Premiership striker Noel Whelan for the precedent he is providing for the younger players in the team.
It has been a season for the Bhoys to overlook. After their dismal 1-0 loss to Ross County on Sunday, they remain 18 points behind arch-rivals Rangers in the table, for which the 35-year-old was partly to blame.
This season, Brown, who receives £ 23k a week at Parkhead, has made room on occasions for 22-year-old midfielder Ismaila Soro, who is going to go down as one of the 2020/21 campaign’s bright spots.
Since his transfer from Motherwell last summer, David Turnbull is another player who continued to play a consistent position in the centre for Celtic, suggesting that the Scot will play a vital role in the future heading forward.
Whelan had this to say:
Scott Brown is one of those players that will voice his opinion and he’s been at the club long enough to be given the right to do that,” he said.
“Sometimes you get these more mature, long-serving players and their opinion counts and that’s what Scott Brown has done.
He’s got to be like a father figure at times to these very good young players coming through there.
“But when you look around at the more experienced players, you feel they’re not getting the guidance that they need.”
In some ways Whelan is correct and Brown should be the best player on that park, not so much in skill but rather mentally and helping the players on the pitch by pushing them the full match.
The last 9 years he has done exactly that but this season Brown has failed just as much as the others, maybe worse due to the fact he’s not sticking to his duties as a captain.
A club captain must thrive even when the game might not be going Celtic’s way and this season there have been far too many bad perfromances coming from the Hoops skipper.
There’s no doubt that Scott Brown will still have a place at Celtic next season in whatever form.