Scott Brown's international retirement greeted with mixed reaction

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates winning the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership at the end of the game

The Celtic captain announced his retirement from Scotland on Friday.

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in actionBrown is keen to focus his efforts on playing for Celtic

It's fair to say that Scott Brown's retirement from international football has generated something of a mixed reaction.

The Scottish Football Association confirmed the 31-year-old's decision not to lead his country into the upcoming World Cup qualifiers though their official website on Friday.

Brown made his international debut under Walter Smith against the United States in a 1-1 draw in November 2005.

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goal

The news brings an end over a decade of international football for the midfielder, who made his debut under Walter Smith in the 1-1 draw with the USA in November 2005.

He retires having never appeared at a major international tournament, with Scotland having failed to qualify for a World Cup or European Championship since 1998.

After missing a significant chunk of last season with a knee injury, Brown is subsequently keen to place a greater focus on his career with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates with the trophy and team mates after the game

Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers was one of the first to react to the news, telling Celtic's official website: “It’s obviously a very difficult decision for him as he’s a passionate man about his country. He’s skipper there and there’s Gordon as manager, who he’s very close with. It was obviously a really tough decision.

“I think for him it’s the right move. He’s into that final chapter of his career and he’s still got a number of years left in him yet and he’ll want to give those best times to Celtic. When you’ve been a player playing 60-70 games a season over the last few years, you need to look after your body. It’s probably just come at the right time for him.


Celtic's Scott Brown applauds fans after the game

"For Scott it’s obviously sad when it comes to an end but it’s certainly good news for Celtic and the club's supporters as it means he can be physically and mentally right for playing for Celtic for the next numbers of years.”

Brown has always been something of a divisive figure in Scottish football and his decision to step down from international football sparked something of a mixed response from fans on social media platform Twitter, with some seemingly glad to see the back of the former skipper. 






However, other fans were a little more positive about Brown's time in a Scotland shirt. 

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