On the 7th of May 2022, Scott Brown announced his retirement from the game of football. A true Scottish footballing legend and a cult hero in many ways, but how good was he? and how did he become one of the most recognizable names in Scottish football? Let’s break it down as we usually do for another one of our player profiles.
Scott Brown was born on the 25th of June 1985 in Dunfermline Scotland. Scott started his career with Hibernian, breaking into their first team in 2002, where he would spend 5 years of his playing career winning the 2006/2007 Scottish Cup. In that same season, he won the SFWA young player of the year. And it wasn’t long till one of the big two in Scottish Football came calling.
Scott Brown & Celtic: A Love Story
In May 2007, Scott Brown made the move to Celtic for 4.4 million pounds the highest transfer fee between two Scottish clubs. This was a love story from the beginning. A story of a club and player that suited each other so well, during Brown’s time at Celtic the club won ten Scottish championships, six Scottish Cups, and six Scottish league cups and Brown was a huge part of it.
Becoming club captain in 2010, it was a role he would take with both hands. Bringing leadership and aggression you would associate with a club captain, Scott Brown would soon become a cult hero to Celtic fans around the world and within Scotland.
A Cult Hero
Being nicknamed Broony by Celtic fans, Scott Brown would produce many iconic moments during his time at Celtic. I remember one time during an old firm derby, which is when Celtic play Rangers, Scott Brown scored and celebrated in front of El Hadj Diouf who was a very controversial character in football. Scott Brown was never scared of a high tackle which made him loved and adored by Celtic fans all over. But as his career started to dwindle retirement started to get on Brown’s mind.
One Lash Hurrah
Scott Brown would move to Aberdeen, for one last wonderful season in his amazing career. He would become a player/manager which means he can manage the team and also bring himself on as a substitute. Brown would enjoy his time at Aberdeen. Getting draws against Rangers and a handful of other respectable results, in which has been a mixed season for the club. As the season dwindled, Scott Brown took to his Instagram to announce his retirement from the beautiful game.
International Games, Retirement & Career Stats
So before we wrap this up, let’s talk about how good Scott Brown was for his country of Scotland. He made his full international debut in November 2005, he did not play again until March 2007 but then he became a regular for the squad. Scoring his first goal in a world cup qualifier in September of 2009. In March 2016 he was inducted into Scotland’s Roll of Honour, all in all, Scott Brown would make 55 appearances for his national team scoring 4 goals.
Scott Brown would score 29 goals in 407 games for Celtic proving how much of an icon he truly was in the Scottish game, he would also rack up 13 goals in 110 games for Hibernian, and in the final 24 games of his career for Aberdeen, he scored 2 goals. Scott Brown was a true Scottish footballing legend, and no matter what side you are on he will be remembered as someone who changed the Scottish footballing game definitely for the better. Scott Brown a true icon.