Celtic captain Scott Brown has opened up on his reasons to join the Parkhead exodus this summer as Rangers’ title win has exposed just how much of a shambles Celtic are.
Brown follows Neil Lennon, Peter Lawwell and Nick Hammond out the door this summer as a decade of hubris came back and squarely hit them as Rangers ran away with the Scottish Premiership.
With the prospect of change at Celtic, and not having certain figures defending him behind-the-scenes, Brown has jumped ship to Aberdeen after agreeing a pre-contract with the Dons to become player/assistant manager to Stephen Glass.
As Rangers look to build on this season’s triumph and make it 56 this time year, the fact Brown turned down another year at Celtic Park tells you everything you need to know about the confidence he has in whoever takes charge making any sort of dent in Rangers next season.
“I got offered another year at Celtic,” Brown said [Clyde SuperScoreBoard]
“It was a hard situation because it would have to be sitting waiting until the end of the season to see who comes in, and for me to have that fresh start with someone that I know, I trust and I respect fully, and maybe sit in at Celtic until the end of the season not sure what to do or who’s coming in, I think that played on my mind as well.
“It’s going to be a sad time when I do leave, but it’s been fantastic as well. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it. Winning trophies, winning games, playing in front of some fantastic fans as well.
“I think I’ve got to look at the selfish point of view as well, that I can’t just go in there and run a dressing room and be the guy where I still believe that I can play football.
“Aberdeen offered me a two-year deal and it was an offer that I couldn’t turn down.
“I’ll be 36 in the summer, but I still feel good. I’ve been playing a lot of games this season, I’ve been in and out, but that happens when you get that little bit older and that’ll probably happen at Aberdeen as well.
“But for me it’s just about being part of that coaching staff as well. For me to learn as much as I can underneath Stephen, and work towards my goal of being a coach, being a manager one day down the line.”
Seeing the likes of Brown, Lennon and Lawwell hang out the flag of surrender has been fantastic to watch and the signs are that it’ll take a while for them to get anywhere close to recovering.
As they flee Parkhead like rats from a sinking ship, Rangers fans will be loving seeing just how bad things appear to have become across the city.
Meanwhile, one Rangers star was surprisingly dropped as his national team suffered defeat in their latest World Cup qualifier