Scott Brown has worked under many influential managers during his career in Scotland.
And Celtic the legend admits that he will need to enlist some backing from his former mentor as he begins life in the dugout at Fleetwood Town.
This is the Hoops icon’s first long-term management role, after a long career at Glasgow ended last year with 22 major honors at Parkhead, many of which were the club’s legendary captains. .
In AberdeenBrown was hired by former boss Stephen Glass as a player-manager, but announced his departure from Pittodrie shortly after the arrival of Jim Goodwin.
He has now received congratulatory messages from former bosses Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon, along with former Celtic gaffer Gordon Strachan.
They all took the 36-year-old sage’s advice on his first job, and welcomed him into the ‘crazy gang’.
He told Daily record: “No, they all texted me to say welcome to the crazy gang.
“I talked to Lenny, Brendan and Gordon. For me, over the years, they were vital.
“Gordon was the guy who signed me as a young, wild 20-year-old and he raised me into a central midfielder and taught me how to play well and with a bit of discipline.
“Lenny has been great to me. He appointed me captain and let me learn from Neil, the former Celtic captain, his desire to win is exceptional.
“I had Brendan later in my career when I was 30 and he pushed me to another level as well.
“It’s about learning, stealing bit by bit from each manager. I’ve had some great managers.
“I still talk to them now and I talked to them last week about taking this job and they all gave me the green light – and the glow.
“For myself it’s great to be able to talk to them on the phone and be able to ask for a favor or two. Or let them watch the matches and see what I missed.
“They have put so much time and focus on me and I cannot thank them enough for that.
“But now I’m also going to ask for small favors, so they’re stuck with me.”
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