Celtic youth coach Stevie Frail has explained in the Glasgow Evening Times that he wants to see captain Scott Brown taking on more coaching sessions with the club’s younger players.
Brown is involved extensively with the Celtic youth ranks and someone who is the ideal role model for a lot of younger players to look up to, as they go about trying to make an impression in the first team over the next few seasons.
However, Frail has also stressed the key difference for Brown in terms of being that role model as a player and providing inspiration and guidance as a coach.
“He’s very measured. He has his say and puts his input into the team, which is always valuable. His view is sometimes different from mine and that’s good. He gets his point across,” Frail told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Even though he is the captain of the club and the Scotland captain, it’s different standing in front of a group of players and delivering something as a coach.”
“What we want more of is a coaching side from him where Scott comes in and does sessions.”
Experience the key
The biggest benefit that Brown creates for the younger players is what he offers in terms of his experience.
He knows exactly what is expected in terms of the pressure and expectation from playing for Celtic and he knows how to adapt to that consistently.
He’s well placed to be able to offer insight into those aspects of the first team for youngsters, judging when they need to be subjected to pressure and when they need to be withdrawn and protected.
Coaching sessions allow him to try out new ideas and various tactical theories, which he would have been building based on playing for the senior side and he can use that to help the younger players so they are prepared when they get there.