Quality over Quantity
I have repeatedly said I hope Scott Brown stays for another two years and retires . I did opine the last league game but that years Scottish cup final (should it be reached) would be far more fitting and only natural .
So in this BIG decision he didnt skippy away down under to the nice climate and for sure easier life . Scott my man , fair play to you .
Ill admit right now that when it was Scott and Massimo Donati in the middle of the park they consistently failed to impress me and I woulda flogged them both at that point ,, I am delighted to be wrong on 50 percent of that one. I was upset at the Neymar kick that night , but we all know now how much of a wee shitebag he is , harder next time ffs !
Automatically “ the 10 “ gets drawn into this conversation due to the circumstances .
Of course he could go down in immortality as the Captain who brought us 10 ,, could rightly look big Billy in the eye with that tucked under the belt ( be stared down though ) and feel comfortable knowing he delivered something special .
But then the 10 itself , and this is where the heart and the head start to diverge unfortunately . He cant , just cant play every game the way he has been .
As much as Scott will be a unifying figure on and off the field , we all know forces will align against hitting that target ,, Scott will be a huge target to take out and disrupt the rhythm or even just attempt to demoralize the camp .
Make no mistake , hes sticking himself physically on the line for the push . Again respect where its due . If its any consolation Scott I would also 😉 .
However looking at our squad and the expected departures , we head towards next years qualifiers with a new pairing at central defence probably , and new right back or 5 months into the job right back if one is procured pre slamming of window shut .
His shielding of that area is going to be critical , priceless infact this June . Well about 30 million give or take .
Yet he has hit slow down age . Its a lot to ask an aging captain to cover the defence in your biggest games of the season . But thats what he does , cover his rearguard .
With an increase in his age and importance of the game we could well see the double screen in our first few European tests against those of a decent level . Nir and Scott know each other well and if he is to stay at the club ( been around for quite a while hasnt he ) then being relatively fresh after a long layoff , perhaps he would be a great partner in that deep lying role with Calmac pushed ahead a little in Europe ?
From this moment onwards until the end of that contract ( which may be the last playing but I doubt the last he will sign with the club ) Scott should be managed very carefully with maybe a horses for courses attitude . Certainly what I would do , and no doubt the man himself knows at this stage over the course of the next two seasons he will deliver us exactly what the title says , quality over quantity !
Scott Brown , no matter what happens from this moment in , respect brother !