‘Everyone has to use him as an example going forward’: Scott Brown is the standard that all Celtic players should aspire to, insists interim boss John Kennedy, after club captain makes his final home appearance
- Scott Brown has played his final home game for Celtic before leaving the club
- The club captain was presented with a gift before the match with St Johnstone
- The 35-year-old will leave Parkhead after 14 years to join Aberdeen this summer
John Kennedy hailed Scott Brown as a role model for young players on Wednesday night after the Celtic captain signed off at Parkhead with a 4-0 thrashing of St Johnstone.
Brown’s trophy laden 14-year spell at Celtic comes to end after Saturday’s final game at Hibs.
And, speaking as the 35-year-old prepares to leave for a player coaching role at Aberdeen, interm boss Kennedy urged the club’s players of the future to learn from the departing skipper’s example.
Scott Brown has played his last game at Celtic Park, ending a 14-year stay at the club
After handing 18-year-old left back Adam Montgomery his first start for the club, Kennedy said: ‘Scott is definitely one who the longer he has been at the club, we have seen him mature into a real proper leader.
‘He came in very young, energetic and vibant and over the years I have seen him develop into a great captain and a great person.
‘Players in our academy should use him as a role model, because that’s what he is.
‘In terms of how he conducts himself on a daily basis he always puts the team in front of himself and does his absolute maximum every time he is out on the pitch.
‘Everyone has to use him as an example going forward as to what you should be as a Celtic player.
‘He is a very big character and has played a big part in a lot of peoples’ careers here.
‘As much as he has looked after himself a lot of boys have spent a lot of time and got to know him really well.
The midfielder donned the captain’s armband for a final time at home against St Johnstone
‘He is such a humble guy for his achievements in the game and goes out his way to help people.
‘They are the type of people you need at your club and he will be sorely missed. But life goes on and we have to adapt.’
Goals from David Turnbull, Odsonne Edouard, Kris Ajer and a first senior goal for substitute Karamoko Dembele made it a triumpant farewell for the former Scotland captain.
Insisting teenage defender Montgomery has been in his thoughts for some time Kennedy added: ‘He has been around the first team for the last five or six months training.
‘He came to the point where I’ve been a young player myself and you need the opportunity.
‘You just see they are good to go – and he was.
‘It’s a great start for him, we have high hopes for him for the future.’
St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson,.meanwhile, admits his cup final plans are in chaos after the club were gripped by the effects of covid-19.
the 35-year-old was presented with a gift for his services to the club before the match
Two players tested positive and missed Sunday’s semi-final win over St Mirren, with two more isolated by track and trace.
Following further tests nine Saints regulars were missing from last night’s 4-0 drubbing at Parkhead.
And Davidson admitted the situation was ‘very concerning,’ adding: “I think the whole world is concerned about Covid, so it’s not just me, but it’s not nice situation not be in.
“We’re doing our best with everybody, we’re not experts on it, so we’re trying to get as much help as we can to make sure we’re all safe.
“We’ll get three or four of the players back tomorrow, which is great, and the good news is that they’re all asymptomatic, so they are not suffering at all.’
Asked if players could be quarantined for the cup final he added: “No, not at the moment, so that’s why we’re trying to shut the place down as much as we can and test people as often as we can to make sure everyone is safe.’
Saints need a draw against Livingston in the final league game on Saturday to secure a European place and the manager hopes to return to training before the weekend.
“I hope so. It will probably be socially distanced training, but it’s important to get the players out on the grass as quickly as possible.’
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