May 16, 2021

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Scott Brown’s Celtic legacy will not be damaged by the loss of Rangers

Before the Rangers clashed with Celtic on Sunday, Rod Stewart said Scott Brown should have a statue erected in his honor outside Parkhead.

And you probably can’t find a football fan in Glasgow’s East End who disagrees, given the scale of his contribution over the past 14 years.

But an hour later in football, after Celtic trailed by 3-1 and reduced to ten men, it was lost without any fanfare.

Scott Brown captain of Celtic against Rangers for the last time
Brown captains his team against Rangers for the last time Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

It wasn’t quite the end of Brown at Celtic, but for his last Old Firm derby, it was a tragically quiet outcome for a player who had spent his career in the spotlight. This happened after he was left in the dust of Alfredo Morelos, who scored the second goal, which turned out to be a killer for Brown and his team.

However, when the dust settles, the sad end of Brown’s time in Parkhead will not come to determine it. He has won too much and left too much on the line since he first entered the gates in 2007 to do so.

Apart from this season, his performances in green and white were inspiring. He will go down in history as one of the greatest greats and this is no small achievement in a club with the weight of history that Celtic boasted.

He has won ten league titles, six Scottish cups and made over 100 appearances in European competitions. In addition, however, he is the heart and soul of the Celts, personifying and directing the arrogance and excitement they demonstrated over a decade and a half of unprecedented dominance.

It was only the second season of Brown’s 14 in Parkhead that he failed to get hold of silverware. There are few players in every club, everywhere in football, who can boast of this level of achievement for such a long period.

Sunday was the 50th time he has come out on the field against Rangers and he can do it again when he joins Aberdeen in the summer. If the time comes for him to return to Parkhead, there will be no hostility to the longtime captain, who has nothing to regret about his career at Celtic, despite the way he ended up.

It was a sad, whining end to a glorious Celtic career, but Sunday was just the point at the end of the book.

The story itself was about blood, thunder and silverware. And who knows, Rod, he can still get this statue.