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Scott Brown realises he’ll have to keep calm in the dugout.

Scottish PremiershipCelticScott Brown realises he’ll have to keep calm in the dugout.
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Scott Brown believes he only has two seasons left playing football and has started to think ahead to his managerial career – and admits he must keep his cool in the dugout.

The ex-Scotland skipper believes a more thought out, less emotional approach in the dugout will be better, than his past experiences on the pitch.

He said: “There’s a new way of working. It’s not laid back but it’s about sitting down and thinking about how you are working.

“You are still looking to outsmart other managers tactically.

“It’s about game awareness more than shouting and throwing pots of tea at people.

“Am I more Lenny than Brendan? I don’t know. Lenny didn’t throw pots of tea either.

“He worked with Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan, two top bosses. I don’t know about Martin but Gordon had a bit of both. He was great on the field but he could snap as well.

“Whether it’s now or ten years ago, to be a good manager you need a bit of both.

“You take a bit from every manager you work with when you go down that road.”

He admires the way Kennedy had to retire at an early age due to an injury yet still got back up and played a part in the club.

He continued:  “You need to become a coach before you become a manager. You can’t just jump in with both feet. I look at John Kennedy, he’s done it the right way.

“He started as a scout, was on the computer and doing bits and bobs then out watching games, doing his licence and he got his chance under Ronny Deila.

“He’s really kicked on and has been great for the manager and for us. You can talk to Kendo about how to put on a session and he’s really helped me going through my B Licence.

“He’ll be a great help when it comes to my A as well.

“I’m watching games differently and I’ve started taking notes — although there are LOTS of spelling mistakes!”

Asked how he’d deal with Brown the player, the Celtic idol quipped: “I’d give him a new six-year deal — that would be the first thing I’d do!”

James Forrest is by far in his opinion the best Celtic player so far this season and last.

He said: “Jamesie (sic) was my player of the year last year — by far. He was exceptional for us and for Scotland. What more can you ask for. He’s added goals to his game this last few years, he produces decoy runs and is defending as well as attacking.

“It just shows the spirit of the wee man that whatever manager comes in he is always one of the first names on the team-sheet.

“He creates chances and is very unselfish. That’s what you want in a team-mate.

“There was a wee bit of worry for Hibs at the start of the season when John McGinn and Dylan McGeouch left and they were looking for a few new midfielders.

“But Lenny did what he does best — he just brought in a few great players and they know how to play good football.

“They are a very aggressive side.

“They create chances, they score goals and it will be a good game.

“Lenny has been fantastic for Hibs and I think Hibs have been fantastic for Lenny as well.”

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