Celtic skipper Scott Brown enjoying every minute as retirement beckons
He may have just signed a new two year deal with Celtic, but captain Scott Brown already has one eye on his future after he hangs up his boots for good.
The former Scotland skipper is currently working towards his coaching badges and knows that he is now on borrowed time as a professional footballer - and wants to eventually move into management.
Brown said: “Football is all I know how to do. It’s the thing that drives me daily. When I retire – and I will eventually, I can’t go on forever – I want to stay in the game, be part of it.
“I want to be part of a different drive, a different motivation. I want that feeling when you wake up, knowing what you want to do, not sitting in the house bored and wondering what you’re doing for the next six months.
“Spending all your hours on the golf course might be nice but it wouldn’t really be me. I need to be active and I’ve been programmed into going into training for the last 15 years, working hard and learning new things under new managers.
“I’m still learning now. And I’ve got a lot more to do before becoming a coach. It’s just that willingness to put the hard work in as well.”
He added: “I’ve taken notes from Brendan, Whittaker has taken notes from his manager at Hibs. Things that you enjoy as a player, you write down. You note down things that might work in the future, that you’ve not seen before.
“You’ve got to be silly to work with these good managers – Brendan, Neil Lennon, Gordon Strachan – and not make the most of it.”
But the serial joker knows that if he is to be a success in management he needs to pack in the comedy and become a more mature and serious leader.
He added: “You have to earn your status, and earn the trust of the lads as well. Being in the dressing room is different – you laugh, joke and can chill. As a manager you can’t go in and mess about with the lads in the changing room.
“You have got to distance yourself, make sure that you are the man in charge. You can still be friends but there’s a fine line that you can’t cross. You can always chat to Neil or Brendan. Go for dinner. Socialise together. But then there’s also that fine line of: They talk, you listen. They say, you do.
“Rodgers was phenomenal for me in the last two-and-a-half years. His man-management of 30 people in a dressing room was incredible. He kept every single person happy and no one could say a bad word about him.
“Now Lennon is in and everyone is enjoying it as well. People respect him and he’ll maybe do it a bit differently, letting John Kennedy take some training and sitting back a bit like Martin O’Neill used to do.
“It’s two different styles, there’s no wrong or right. It’s down to what kind of manager you want to be.
“I’ll have mates who I can still be the life and soul with. There’s a time when everyone matures – and I think that will be my time. Things change … and I don’t know if I’d want a Scott Brown in my dressing room!”
Whether Brown hangs up his boots after his current Celtic contract ends is a question for that moment in time, but for Brown he is enjoying every minute of playing for Celtic and in front of 60,000 fans.
“Seriously, though, I’ll miss it. But I’ll enjoy it for as long as I can just now.” He added, “I’ve two more years at Celtic and I’ll enjoy every moment of it because you never know. Once it goes, that’s it – and you will never go back and have that opportunity to play in front of 60,000 supporters every week.”