SCOTT BROWN got his first competitive win as a manager on Saturday and he has former Ibrox striker Joe Garner to think for it.

Joe played against Scott during his ill-fated time in Glasgow. Joe and his Rangers teammates were regularly humbled by a Celtic side captained by Broony. Now they’re both tasked with helping Fleetwood Town gain promotion.

After going 1-0 down, Brown’s new side responded very well and got back on level terms before the break.

It would take until the 88th minute for Fleetwood to get the winner, Joe Garner sending the Fleetwood fans home happy and leaving his former foe and now manager delighted.

Speaking to BBC Lancashire after the match, Brown said: “It’s a great honour to be the manager of this club, but to get the three points like we did today, it’s incredible.

“I know the lads have got that work rate in them to keep going – they’ve shown me that throughout pre-season.

“I was a little disappointed to lose at Port Vale last week – especially with the second-half performance – we didn’t keep the ball enough and got a bit scared and started going long.

“Today was a totally different performance, though.

“The work rate for the whole 90 minutes was exceptional and we deserved to get the result.

“This will help the team’s morale so much.

“I said to them at half-time ‘can you go and win the game?’ and they did that.

“We had to repel so much from Plymouth late on. They were putting ball after ball into the box, but we defended magnificently.

“That’s what I want to see here. We want to press teams here.

“We’re so happy we’ve got the three points, and now we can look forward to Tuesday in the cup (against Wigan) with confidence.

“That’s going to be a really good test for us.”

Scott has always had a desire to get into coaching, he picked the brains of Brendan Rodgers during the Irishman’s time at the club. He got involved with the youth side on occasion and worked through his badges while still at Celtic.

Broony has the drive to make a success of the managerial game. If he can show his worth on the touchline, you won’t get many Celtic fans against the idea of a return to Celtic Park one day.


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