Scott Brown put in a classic Scott Brown performance in Celtic’s Scottish Cup final win: the sort you loathe and respect at the same time…
Sometimes there’s room in a football team for a footballer who isn’t that good at football.
And sometimes, because of this very odd game that we all follow so keenly, that footballer can be the most important member of the team.
Take Scott Brown. You won’t catch him making many twisting runs, or smashing many shots in from 30 yards, or raking 50-yard passes.
But he’s been the fulcrum of the Celtic team for over a decade, captain since 2010. He’s won ten Premiership titles with them and Sunday’s narrow win over Hearts in the Scottish Cup final was his 22nd major honour with the club.
And it was in that game that JJ Bull very much enjoyed his classic, prowling performance. Sort of.
“There’s a book called The Captain Class by Sam Walker,” said JJ. “The greatest teams in history have one thing in common, and it’s this mental captain who will happily get themselves sent off, injured, killed, for the good of the team.
“Brown maybe isn’t the best footballer in the world, but he has everything in the head that you need to lead a team.
“But come on: he’s going up to Steven Naismith for the whole game going “YEAH! YEAH! YOU LIKE THAT BUDDY?” And running the length of the pitch to chase him down. Then when he leant over a Hearts player like some sort of ape. It’s so animalistic.
“I like it – you hate to see it against your team, but you love it [when it’s yours]. There’s something special about Scott Brown doing it: you both loathe it and really respect it at the same time.
“Those players will really enjoy that battle, and Celtic will really miss him when he’s gone.”
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