By James Black
Celtic captain Scott Brown is set to extend his international career as long as Gordon Strachan remains manager – according to a report.
The Daily Record claim that the 32-year-old – who came out of international retirement during the just-finished qualifying campaign – is prepared to continue playing international football unless Strachan is replaced.
Brown originally retired from international football last summer but answered a call from former club boss Strachan after a horrendous start to the campaign for the Scots.
Strachan’s squad failed to qualify for a tenth major tournament in succession but Brown is said to be adamant that the current crop will qualify for the 2020 European Championship if Strachan is given the opportunity to finish the job he started.
The Scottish FA will discuss Strachan’s future at a board meeting on Thursday but with no international games for the Scots now until the new year, a decision may not be immediately forthcoming.
“Everyone expects Broonie to call it a day now that the World Cup has gone but the truth is he has loved every minute of being involved in this campaign and he is absolutely convinced that the team Strachan has put together will qualify for the Euros,” someone close to Brown was quoted as saying by the Daily Record.
“As far as he is concerned the manager is the only man for the job and if Strachan does stick around for another campaign then he would love to be a part of it.”
Brown has been a stand-out for Celtic so far this season although the midfielder missed Scotland’s make-or-break final qualifier with Slovenia which confirmed their exit from qualifying.
With Euro 2020 set to be hosted at stadia across Europe, including Hampden Park, Brown could bring his international career to an end after leading the Scots out in their first major competition in over 20 years at the home of Scottish football.