Eight years ago an incident at Ibrox went into Celtic folklore.
When Scott Brown guided a brilliant 20 yard drive around Allan McGregor and inside the post he did more than just equalise in a pulsating Scottish Cup tie – ‘The Broony’ was born.
El Hadji Diouf had been as irritating on the park as he had been in the media beforehand, so when Brown’s shot hit the back of the net there was one person that he wanted to share the moment with – the on-loan Blackburn Rovers midfielder.
Thus, a legend was born.
The Broony has been a stable part of the Celtic supporter experience since that day with it’s originator more than happy to join in, especially on the rare occasions that he finds the back of the net.
That Scottish Cup tie was won in a dramatic replay at Celtic Park, the Hoops going on to claim the trophy with a win over Motherwell at Hampden Park. It was the first trophy for Neil Lennon as manager, and it certainly wasn’t the last.
The title was lost on the final day of the season but since 2012 the SPL/SPFL trophy has been a fixture in the Celtic board room.
Last week Brown signed a two-year contract extension. If title number eight is clinched there’s no doubt that ‘The Broony’ will be at the centre of the celebrations.
?️ ‘The Broony’ – born #OnThisDay 8⃣ years ago and repeated many times since!
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 6, 2019
What a player he s been??
— Gary miller (@garymiller67) February 6, 2019
And since then the man has never had to make a rental payment to occupy the minds of the Peepul.
— Bhoys n the Hood (@BhoysNTheHood) February 6, 2019
He lives in your head rent free, top of the league ?
— Taylor (@Tay1or1888) February 6, 2019
Would only be fitting for it to come out tonight in celebration of a screamer from @ScottBrown8 ??
— cat (@1888cat) February 6, 2019
— 67 Shades of Green (@67shadesofgreen) February 6, 2019
— Paddy McKeown (@Paddy1094) February 6, 2019
— Crambo1888 (@ceiran20) February 6, 2019
Ah that one is the original and best isn’t it!!!! #Broony
— Nic (@nwiggins02) February 6, 2019
I really wish he had sorted out Diouff. I hope he sorts put Moreles on the next game.
— Captain Moonlight (@CaptainMoonlig1) February 6, 2019