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Home Sport Football Scottish Celtic

Task of taking Scotland to Euro finals will appeal to many, insists Brown

 

By Gavin McCaffrey

Scotland midfielder Scott Brown believes there will be plenty of interest in the vacant manager's post.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has been given permission to hold talks with the Scottish Football Association.

And Brown believes there will be other good candidates if no deal can be struck after Scotland went unbeaten in their final six World Cup qualifiers under Gordon Strachan.

The Celtic captain said: "He's in line for a few jobs and he's done really well. We will wait and see what happens. There's loads of candidates, it's a good job to take.

"There's a great chance for the lads and us to get to the Euros, so there will be a manager hoping they can do that."

Brown ended up being one of caretaker manager Malky Mackay's coaching assistants for the recent friendly against Holland after being ruled out by injury.

He said: "The quicker you get someone in, the better it is for Scotland. It takes that little bit of pressure off whoever comes in if you have one or two games. Malky came in and did a fantastic job against Holland, so he is always there as well.

"You have to have respect for whoever comes in. You want the lads to turn up as well. Under Gordon, all the lads would turn up week in, week out. There weren't a lot of pull-outs and that was huge for the whole campaign. If we had got a bit of luck as well, we could have been at this World Cup."

Meanwhile, Brown will take inspiration from his previous trip to the Parc des Princes when Celtic take on Paris St Germain tomorrow.

Brown was in the Scotland team who won 1-0 in Paris to complete a Euro 2008 qualifying double over the then-World Cup runners-up.

Brown and goalkeeper Craig Gordon were written off before facing the likes of David Trezeguet, Patrick Vieira and Claude Makelele a decade ago, only for James McFadden to stun the hosts and the rest of the world.

And the midfielder insists Celtic can do the same against Unai Emery's side.

"They are definitely up there," the 32-year-old said. "We probably need to play one of the best games of our lives. Nobody expects us to get a result in Paris but you never know. Last time I was over there I got a result with Scotland so you never know."

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