Scott Brown has revealed details of his bizarre times under Tony Mowbray at Celtic.
Being reunited with his old boss from Hibs should have been perfect but after being told to find a new club in December 2009 he finished the following month as club captain.
Mowbray’s 10 months in charge of Celtic were a baffling time with the transfer activity of January 2010 truly baffling.
Gary Caldwell and Scott McDonald were moved out as diverse talents such as Robbie Keane and Edson Braafheid came in with Mowbray ditched following a disastrous 4-0 defeat away to St Mirren.
Along the way honest mistakes were cranked up to unprecedented levels with Brown left bamboozled by the events going on around him.
Recalling the time when Mowbray told him he could move on the Celtic skipper told the Daily Record: “It hit me like a hammer when he told me to find a new club. I didn’t want to leave. I enjoyed playing for Celtic and all my family were here. But now I’m being told to find myself a new club.
“I had to get back on the phone and tell people I think I might be free to leave in January. Then all these offers start coming in and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, whatever happens happens’.
“I had an offer from Newcastle. There had been also interest from Harry Redknapp at Spurs and I was waiting to find out if he was still wanting to do something. So I’m sitting there thinking if I should go or not.
“Fast forward a couple of weeks, I’m on the team bus going to Kilmarnock away after recovering from an injury. Mowbray has named me as a substitute.
“In the second half he tells me he’s sending me on at left back and then says, ‘As soon as you get on you take that armband. You’re going to be the captain now!’
“What was going through my head? I was thinking there was obviously no one else on the park for him to give it to.
“The armband had been given to about six players in the previous few weeks. Then it somehow eventually ended up with me. It felt a bit like Russian Roulette.”