Scott Brown has been quoted by the Daily Mail explaining the key for his concentration at club level with Celtic and at international level with Scotland.
Brown is one of the most important players in any team he plays for and he’s offered up an insight into his mentality, as he goes about approaching big games.
“If I can get in the zone, I can concentrate more. I can block out the fans and the other players and just concentrate on playing football,” he said.
“Is it sending out a message? No, it's just the way I go into a game.”
Brown is such an important player for club and country that it’s important he’s free of an unnecessary pressure or distraction when he goes into a game.
If that means overlooking the fans and closing out the noise levels or the frustration that’s aimed at his team, it’s something he appears to be happy with, if he goes on to get the right result.
He is a definite team player, but he’s also got to focus on how to get the best out of himself on an individual scale.
If he lets any number of things get into his head before a big game, it runs the risk of putting him off of his game and taking a little bit of that focus away from his main goal.
If he thinks about the pressure or about any of the recent criticism, he can start to believe it and can start to doubt himself, making him a bit warier about flying into that next challenge or taking a risk.
Fortunately, Brown is nearly 30-years-old and has plenty of experience. He’s been through it all before and he’s prepared to go through it all again.