Former Celtic defender Andy Lynch has claimed that Scott Brown won’t be missed that much when the club captain leaves for Aberdeen this summer.
Speaking to the Glasgow Times, the ex-Hoops fullback, who was signed by Jock Stein in 1973, admitted that Brown’s performance against Rangers on Sunday in his final Old Firm match proved that Celtic need to move on from the former Scotland international, and that other players in the squad are more effective in the midfield.
Brown is set to join Aberdeen this summer in a player-coach role after 14 years with Celtic, and Lynch believes that the midfielder, who has become a modern-day icon for the club, won’t be missed, with the former defender saying: “With the greatest respect to Scott Brown, I don’t see him being missed that much at Celtic. I watched the game on Sunday. I don’t think I would have started him. He’s not as effective as he once was.
“A lot has been made about the length of time he has been there, the games he has played and the success he has enjoyed and he has certainly done tremendously. He has been a great Celtic player, captain and servant. But I don’t see the team suffering when he goes. For me, (Ismaila) Soro and (David) Turnbull are more effective.”
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It might be harsh to label a player like Brown as ineffective, but Lynch does raise a good point that the former Scotland international is no longer the player he was for Celtic, and that his departing is a sign of the club taking the right steps forward into a new era.
There will be plenty of change at Celtic Park this summer, and the departure of Brown, as well as some other names who have been at the club for some time, will be necessary if the Hoops are to return to the top of Scottish football.