Aberdeen supporters should embrace Scott Brown as he will bring a winning mentality, leadership and a wealth of experience to Pittodrie.
Crucially, although Brown is 35 years old, he also has plenty of fuel left in the tank to be a major player on the park for the Dons.
Securing Brown on a pre-contract is a massive move for Aberdeen.
I hope Aberdeen supporters embrace Brown and don’t see any reason why they won’t.
Yes, he played for Celtic, but that shouldn’t have any impact on him coming to Aberdeen.
When Brown arrives at Pittodrie, he will put Celtic behind him and fully focus on being an Aberdeen player.
When you land a gem like Brown, you have to embrace it.
Anyone who has any doubts about a player in his mid-thirties being able to perform at a high level should remember my former Aberdeen team-mate Gordon Strachan.
Gordon was in his thirties when he left top-flight Manchester United for then-second tier Leeds United in 1989.
He was handed the captaincy and led Leeds to the Second Division title, now the Championship, in his debut season at Elland Road.
Gordon then captained Leeds to the top-flight title in 1992.
Don’t give me the old argument that the game has changed since Gordon played, because I just don’t buy it.
Playing at the level when Gordon was in action was still a huge demand on his fitness, attitude and ability.
Anyone who has any doubts about a player in his mid thirties being able to perform at a high level should remember my former Aberdeen team-mate Gordon Strachan.”
There are numerous other examples of players who have enjoyed success well into their mid to late thirties and Brown can certainly do the same with Aberdeen.
Brown will bring a freshness and, after a pre-season under his belt with Aberdeen, will hopefully start the new campaign with a bang.
During his 14 seasons at Parkhead, Brown amassed more than 20 trophies and he will bring a certain mentality to Aberdeen that is no longer prevalent in Scottish football.
I hear coaches and managers bemoan the fact they don’t see players with that character, communication skills and leadership that Brown has.
There are good players around, but those attributes are lacking in many modern players, according to the coaches I speak with.
Brown has all those attributes.
It is a huge decision for Brown to leave Celtic after so long at the club.
🔴 Former Scotland captain Scott Brown signs pre-contract with Aberdeen in player-coach role.#StandFree
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) March 25, 2021
Although Brown is a major signing, I don’t think that can overshadow the fact Stephen Glass is the new manager.
There can only be one top man – and that is Glass.
Brown brings a host of qualities to help Glass bring success.
However, the fundamental for galvanising any football club is ultimately wins.
What Aberdeen fans are looking for is a style of play which is more expansive and open – but also regular victories and success.
The chairman and board of directors will have set down certain targets for the new manager.
That is to play on the front foot, produce expansive football and promote youth from the development programme.
Glass will have to have more signing targets in the pipeline, because there are a lot of players out of contract at he end of the season.
That gives him the opportunity to put his own stamp on the squad.
He will need backing from the chairman and directors to achieve that.
That support is vital when you make a change like this and the task is to lift the support.
He needs time to put his own thoughts into practice.
Hopefully it will be exciting and next season will see the qualities fans are looking for.