Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has given his backing to Scott Brown to follow in his footsteps and one day manage the Hoops. The 33-year old has been at the club since 2007, being appointed captain in 2010.
The midfielder has seen his playing time reduced this season, and some have speculated he may leave Parkhead with his contract set to expire in June.
Australian side Western Melbourne are rumoured to be interested in his services, with a three year contract apparently on the table. The club are set to be introduced into the A-League starting from next season, and want to make Brown their marquee signing.
With his future as player at the club very much up in the air, The Scotland Herald have reported that Celtic boss Rodgers believes that there will always be a place for Brown at the Glasgow side.
Absolutely. No doubt. He is a really influential figure in the changing room and like I say, whatever happens in the future there will always be a role back here at Celtic. You never know, he might one day do what Neil Lennon did and captain the club for so long and then move into management, if he is mad enough!
He has leadership qualities and skills, absolutely. There is a lot of work that needs to go into it – in terms of coaching and organisation. And I think the next ten years is interesting from a managing perspective – he would have to deal with all that side, the self-interest of players and work along that.
There are a lot of things involved now in coaching and management which are growing every year. But I do not think there is any doubt – it’s a route he wants to go down, and I am sure he will do very, very well.
Brown certainly displays the leadership qualities that would suggest a future career in management, and he would seem a perfect fit for the Celtic job. His commitment to the club cannot be questioned, and he would no doubt love to return to Celtic in a non-playing capacity in the future.