Foot­ball’s a funny game and you never know, says Brown

Scottish Daily Mail - - Football -

the first time in Au­gust 2016, be­fore call­ing it quits again af­ter Gor­don Stra­chan’s de­par­ture as man­ager in Fe­bru­ary 2018. Asked if he would con­sider yet another come­back if the Scots reach their first ma­jor fi­nals since France ’98, the Celtic cap­tain said: ‘Foot­ball’s a funny game and you never know. ‘They still have two games to get through but... you never say never. I’m in a good place fit­ness-wise and in terms of my body. I make sure I keep my­self tick­ing over. ‘The in­ter­na­tional breaks have been in­cred­i­ble for me — they’ve al­lowed me to go away and re­lax, play golf and recharge my bat­ter­ies. ‘That’s been good for me and I re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball to pro­long my ca­reer and I don’t want to be that guy who keeps quit­ting and then think­ing he can come back. ‘I’m go­ing to be 35 soon and we’re very strong in the mid­dle of the park — there’s a lot of young lads in that area. ‘It’s been hard for me to watch the games be­cause you al­ways want to be play­ing in them but, at the end of the day, I need to look af­ter No 1. ‘My wish is that I could still be play­ing for Celtic and Scot­land at the age of 45 but there comes a time when you have to make sure your body’s okay and give your­self the best chance of con­tin­u­ing to play for your club.’ De­spite win­ning 19 ma­jor tro­phies as Celtic cap­tain and per­form­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League, Brown ad­mits the fail­ure to play in a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment still ran­kles.

Speak­ing be­fore ‘An Evening With Broony’ fans’ Q&A in Glas­gow, the mid­fielder said: ‘It would be phe­nom­e­nal (for Scot­land) to get to a fi­nals af­ter 22 years. ‘It’s a regret of mine we never man­aged to get there. We came close against Nor­way in 2009 but we didn’t get there. ‘If big Chris Iwelumo has just stuck that chance away, it would’ve made me a happy man but it wasn’t to be. ‘We’ve had other chances but didn’t get there but I’ve done some fan­tas­tic things with Celtic; get­ting to the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League a few times and play­ing in the Europa League af­ter Christ­mas.’

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