Yesterday’s Carabao Cup action included a second-round fixture between Fleetwood Town and Everton.
The League One minnows welcomed the Merseyside Blues to Highbury (not the Arsenal one) for a rather uneventful cup tie.
In heavy contrast to the previous meeting between these two, which saw Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton run riot, this occasion felt far more competitive.
Both technical areas housed former greats in Frank Lampard and Scott Brown, and it was the latter’s side that left more of an impression.
Despite being eclipsed in terms of star names, Fleetwood certainly proved their mettle, and while a giant killing was unfortunately not on the cards, they still managed to limit the top-flight side to a single goal.
The minnows were combative in their approach, hassling and hurrying the opposition when possible, and their doggedness certainly earned the home crowd’s applause.
While those invested in either side watched on with great intrigue, many neutrals probably nodded off, as the football on display was far from compelling.
Since the footy itself lacked on the entertainment front, the attention of viewers gradually wandered off elsewhere, eventually landing on the aforementioned technical area occupied by Scott Brown.
And the reason is as straightforward as it gets.
The Scottish icon had a lengthy career and played for sides such as Hibernian and Aberdeen, and is most renowned for his 14-year-long spell at Celtic.
At Parkhead, Brown registered his name in the Hoops’ folklore on numerous occasions, as he lifted 10 Scottish Premierships titles, cementing his status as a club legend.
Known for his aggression on the pitch, Brown forged a ‘hardman’ reputation, and if getting into melees and goading opposition players didn’t sell the toughness already, he also rocked a bald head to really justify that title.
Brown made 407 appearances for Celtic without a single strand of hair on his head, and naturally, that’s how fans have remembered him since.
So imagine the surprise when viewers spotted the 37-year-old strolling in the area while sporting a full mop of hair.
Apparently, the change hasn’t come as a result of some transplant, as Brown simply shaved off all his hair voluntarily throughout his playing career.
Naturally, fans were taken aback at first glance, and many even felt that a hairy Scott Brown simply felt wrong.
But perhaps a change of style is exactly what the ex-player needs, as he embarks on a new journey in the managerial scene.