Celtic have lost something they desperately need to wrestle the title back from Rangers next season now Scott Brown has announced his departure.
That’s according to former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Brown’s decision to leave Parkhead.
Last week, Brown announced he would be leaving Celtic to take up a player/coach role at Aberdeen after a very successful spell with the Hoops.
📝 Our history-making captain, Scott Brown will leave Paradise at the end of the season.
Thanks for the unprecedented success @ScottBrown8 🍀🏆
🟢⚪️ Captain. Leader. Legend. 🟢⚪️#ThankYouBroony 💚o/🤍
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 25, 2021
Phillips insists Celtic need leaders next season if they are to challenge Rangers for the title and claimed losing ‘Mr Celtic’ is a huge blow.
“Yeah, it’s a huge blow. I’m very surprised,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“When you see player/coach, why is he not being offered that at Celtic?
“Surely they could get him into the coaching set up there, why would you want to lose a player that is Mr Celtic?
“We don’t know, the player may feel that he wants a different challenge, it’s an opportunity to go and coach as well.
“He’s been an incredible player for the Hoops and for Scottish football, he’ll be a loss no doubt about it.
“He’s a leader and next season Celtic are going to need a lot of leaders to challenge Rangers for that title.
“If he wants to go down the coaching road then it’s a great way to start.”
Brown has made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Bhoys so far this season as the Hoops handed the title back to Rangers instead of winning a historic tenth Scottish Premiership in a row.
Aberdeen are currently fourth in the Premiership table, 20 points behind the Hoops and 40 points behind champions Rangers.