The announcement of Scott Brown’s imminent departure from Celtic was of course followed by a succession of glowing tributes.
All kinds of acclaim were received in an attempt to assess the full extent of a 14-year contribution now entering its final weeks before decamping to become a player-coach at Aberdeen.
Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell called him the most influential figure in Scottish football at the time. A legend. Lawwell made it clear that the Parkhead club did not want to lose Brown. His qualities as a player and as a person were praised to the maximum.
Scott Brown (midfield) is preparing to join Celtic for 14 years during the summer
Brown (third) joined Celtic in 2007 and has won 10 Scottish Premiership titles
Those words were heartfelt and would have struck a chord with many Celtic adherents.
But perhaps it is the numbers that most succinctly summarize what Brown has achieved in east Glasgow after his £ 4.4 million move from Hibernian in the summer of 2007.
There was an extraordinary statistic in the fourth Brown-related Tweet that emerged from Celtic’s official account on Thursday afternoon. The 35-year-old has a trophy for every 28 performances.
Over the course of more than 600 games, Brown has claimed 22 domestic prizes.
Only Willie Maley, Billy McNeill, Jock Stein and Bobby Lennox have greater individual streak in all of Celtic’s history.
Brown has won 22 trophies with the Bhoys since joining the club from Hibernian in 2007
Arguments can be made about the respective strengths of different eras, but there can be no doubt that Brown showed a relentless appetite for silverware amassing.
His midfield play and sheer strength of personality led him from the front as Celtic completed a four-way Treble that will likely never be replicated.
For Brown, the medal total can be broken down into 10 league championships, six League Cups and six Scottish Cups. There’s still a chance to win one more of the latter to make his numbers stand out even more – and soften this season’s disappointment – before taking off the green and white jersey for the last time.
That marks the end of an era and coincides with a summer of broader change at Parkhead.
It was Lawwell who negotiated the arrival of Brown from Easter Road after being appointed CEO of the club in 2003. He too will leave at the end of the season and be replaced by Dominic McKay.
It goes without saying that we were desperate to keep Scott at the club, but while we are of course very saddened by his decision, we fully understand and respect it and wish Scott and his family nothing but success, health and happiness to the club. future, ”Lawwell said.
Celtic chef Peter Lawwell called Brown (left) a ‘legend’ for his many years of service at Celtic Park
We know that Scott will continue to give his all to the club until the end of the season and, as always, will work tirelessly to bring the club and our fans further success.
“I know our fans will miss Scott in a Celtic jersey and fight for our badge, something he’s been doing for so long. However, there is no doubt that he will be forever remembered at Celtic as our captain, leader and even a legend. ‘
Brown has played under the direction of Gordon Strachan, Tony Mowbray, Neil Lennon (over two terms in office), Ronny Deila and Brendan Rodgers – as well as John Kennedy’s current interim leadership.
“Scott has been the heartbeat of Celtic for so long and without a doubt the most influential figure in the Scottish game of the last 15 years,” Lawwell continued.
With over 600 appearances for the club, he has left a mark on Celtic, putting him in the company of our other true greats – and with a legacy to match.
‘When he chose Celtic over others, we were naturally delighted. We knew we were getting one of the best talent in the country and he in turn got the chance to take the stage and be part of Scotland’s greatest club.
The midfielder (left) has been the heartbeat of Celtic’s successes for over a decade
He grabbed this opportunity with both hands, but I don’t think any of us could have imagined how successful he would become.
Since his signing, he has lived and breathed the club and our cause – day after day, for a decade and a half, giving his heart and soul to Celtic.
As any Celtic manager over the past 15 years will attest, Scott’s commitment, his drive, his work ethic and his will to win are not only a hugely talented player, but also an example to all of us. He has been a pivotal figure in delivering such a long period of dominance for the club and that is why I know that any Celtic supporter will be so grateful to him. ‘
Kennedy paid his own tribute as he outlined how Brown’s mindset had set the tone for the locker room for so many years.
“He will be irreplaceable in terms of what he gives us on a daily basis, his drive to be successful and how he sets an example for the group every day,” Kennedy said.
He is the perfect example of a modern professional. How he lives his life, the state he is in, and how he pushes himself every day is incredible.
His departure is seen as a massive blow – and Celtic revealed they were trying to get him to stay put
He is the man coaches always look forward to relieving some of the burden on other players. You always know Scott is there – and every game day you hear him before games and hear him on the field. He advances the workout every day.
‘He’s a huge character, a huge personality and he’s been a huge part of this club for so long and he will definitely be missed.
‘I would have liked to have had more time with him and see him bring more success to the club, but it is his own personal decision and we have to respect that. He has given us so much of his life and we wish him all the best for moving forward.
‘He’s one of the greats at this club, that’s without a doubt, and that’s only going to grow as time goes on. He’s a big part of the club and he will always be in my eyes. ‘