Football - Celtic v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Group Stage Matchday Two Group H - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland - 1/10/13 Celtic's Scott Brown and Barcelona's Andres Iniesta (L) in action Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Ever since their early days at Easter Road, Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson have always been close but Thomson believes there has been a change in style from his old pal. 

Many Celtic fans were interested to see where former Captain Scott Brown would end up after departing Aberdeen.

After a glorious career which saw him capped 55 times for Scotland as well as winning 22 major honours at Celtic and a League Cup at Hibs, the 36 year old decided to take the step into management with Fleetwood Town in England’s third tier.

Adapting to management can be tough for some former players, but fresh off leading Kelty Hearts to Scottish League One, Thomson believes Brown has the credentials to be a successful manager.

“It’s hard to take him seriously now having known him for so long with that hardman look!

“What he might find tough is that he probably won’t be able to get involved in all the banter and mischief stuff he loved as a player, because he can’t have that persona as a manager.

“He’s going to need to use all those different parts of his personality to grab this changing room and make a success of himself.

“But Scott was a brilliant captain and had a brilliant career. He’s got prestige, he’s got personality and presence. All ingredients that I think are really important as a manager,” said Kevin Thomson speaking to the Daily Record 

Scott Brown has experience at the very highest level of football having been at Celtic for so long and has a proven track record as a player of being a winner. He heads to Fleetwood alongside Steven Whittaker who was involved in the set up at Dunfermline where he worked under former Celt, Peter Grant.

It will be interesting to see how things go for Broony down south having already completed the signings of former Hibs midfielder Josh Vela and former St Johnstone cup hero, Shaun Rooney. He has worked under some top managers and coaches during his time at Celtic which should bode well for him in the future.


  1. I don’t know where people got this ‘Broonys a hardman’ idea from!?

    He was a tough player, like most Scottish raised players are, but was down to earth.

    Maybe in his youthful playing days he could go a bit ott, but he put that to bed as he matured as a professional, while maintaining a firm playing style; i never viewed him as a ‘hardman’ though, or as someone who wanted to project that kind of image.


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