Scott Brown reacts to Gordon Strachan Scotland exit in Instagram post

Scott Brown salutes the Scotland fans after the victory over Slovenia in March at Hampden. Picture: Michael Gillen
Scott Brown salutes the Scotland fans after the victory over Slovenia in March at Hampden. Picture: Michael Gillen
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Scott Brown has said it is a ‘sad sad sad day’ following Gordon Strachan’s departure as Scotland national team manager.

Celtic captain Brown, who was persuaded out of international retirement by Strachan, posted a photo of the outgoing Scotland boss on his Instagram page with the caption: “Sad sad sad day.

“We all had faith in Gordon and believed in making the Euros. 14 points out of 18 in 2017 momentum was on our side.”

Brown, who suggested earlier this week that he would carry on playing for Scotland if Strachan stayed on, initially stepped back from the international scene in mid-August, before returning barely two months later.

He said in August: “It’s no secret that I’ve suffered some injuries in my career and once you get over 30 you have to protect your body more.

“I’m not the type of player who can coast half-heartedly through a game - I give 100 per cent every time.

“Given the importance of this campaign for Scotland, and the challenges ahead at Celtic, I simply felt that I could not keep up both commitments without either my performances or recovery time suffering.”

Brown’s Celtic team-mate Leigh Griffiths posted a photo of him with Strachan on his own Instagram page with the caption: “Sad day, seeing the man who gave me my full Scotland debut leave.

“Not a better man for the job in my eyes and I’m sure if he had stayed, he’d have taken us to the Euros in 2020.”