It's shaping up as the most disappointing empty of all time.

What should have been a rapturous celebration of 14 years of blood, sweat and silverware will take place behind closed doors. A typically eerie ending to Celtic’s season of silent despair.

And yet even though the fans won’t be around to send him on his way, for Scott Brown this will still be quite a moment.

Tonight he leads Celtic out of the Parkhead tunnel one final time for an otherwise meaningless match against St Johnstone. The final wheezes of a season which promised everything but which delivered nothing at all.

Deep down Brown could be forgiven for allowing his mind to focus on the challenges ahead, starting over with a fresh start next season at Pittodrie.

But caretaker manager John Kennedy knows Wednesday night's surreal farewell is unlikely to pass all that easily for this veteran, whose all-conquering career in Glasgow’s East End is now approaching the most unhappy ending imaginable.

“It will be a poignant moment for him and it’ll probably start to hit home for him now, in terms of these being his final couple of games for the club,” Kennedy said as the countdown to Brown’s big tribute night got under way.

“It’s been a huge part of his life, he’s been a huge part of Celtic and the most disappointing thing is that our supporters don’t have the chance to give him the send off he deserves due to the situation we find ourselves in.

“Hopefully, though, the players can rise to the occasion and put in the kind of performance which will see him off on a high. When you think of what he’s given the club and the success he’s brought to it, he’s been absolutely terrific and we need to respect that. It’s just disappointing it’s ending in the way it is.”

Of course, the pandemic has wreaked a great deal more distressing, real-life havoc than simply shutting down the stands of Celtic Park for Brown’s big farewell.

But even so, given the enormous scale of his achievements here over the years, it does feel like the emptiest of endings. In the absence of his army of well wishers, it’s up to Kennedy and Brown’s Celtic team-mates to make sure this is not the ultimate in damp-squib exits.

And given the form Saints have been showing these last few weeks, closing in on a historic cup double, that may be easier said than done.

One of those likely to line up beside the skipper in midfield tonight – relative new boy David Turnbull – is determined to send his mentor off with a bang. He said: “He’s been massive for me since I came in, on and off the pitch.

“He’s always having a laugh off the pitch and always talking to you on it, just giving me wee tips on what to do and where to be. It’s great to learn off a guy like Broonie because he’s been there and done it for so many years.

“He’s massive around the training ground and around the squad. He brings everyone together, he’s always sorting everything out and helping everybody. He helps all the foreign boys as well. He’s a great captain and a good lad to have about. He will be a big miss.

“He’s obviously been here for so many years and played so consistently, and won things consistently as captain. He would be a big miss for anybody.

“We go into every game looking to do the same but, obviously, with this being his last game we will be looking to win. Hopefully we can do that for Broonie in his last game at Celtic Park, and hopefully it will be a good night.” And yet the visitors from Perth are unlikely to roll over for Brown, having already claimed one of his favourite trophies while hungrily eyeing up another.

It has been a success story so astonishing that manager Callum Davidson is in the running to pip Steven Gerrard to the Manager of the Year crown, even though the Rangers boss denied Brown and Celtic the one title they cherished above all others.

So which of them bagged Kennedy’s vote?

You’ll have to decide that one for yourselves.

He said: “Callum’s been terrific. I know him well and he’s a very humble guy but the way he has his team playing, the stability he’s brought to the club and the way he’d won their first League Cup and also has them in the Scottish Cup Final.

“In terms of the resources he has, to come out of the other end of that the way he has is absolutely first class.

“He’s very down to earth. For me, he’s done a perfect job there and he deserves all the plaudits he gets.

“It’s right that he’s in the running for the award because he’s been amazing. When I handed in my votes, he was in my top two.

“Teams can sometimes reach a cup final without having a great season but looking at their consistency throughout the campaign as well as winning one piece of silverware, and possibly two, he’s a worthy candidate.”