Scott Brown believes his old mate Tam Courts is a trailblazer for the growing band of young managers being thrust into the big time.

The Aberdeen player-coach revealed he’s well acquainted with the new Dundee United manager having watched him both as a player and a gaffer at Kelty Hearts.

Brown admits his fellow Fifer has the attributes to be a success at Tannadice as he joins Dons chief Stephen Glass in cutting his managerial teeth in the Premiership.

The former Celtic skipper will lock horns with pal Courts this afternoon and he insists the short walk to Central Park to watch him at Kelty underlined his belief he’d go far in the game.

He said: “I know Tam really well. I speak to him quite a bit, he’s great and has a
fantastic vision of the game.

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“He was a good centre-half who talked on the park at Kelty and I used to go along and watch their games when he was a player, then when he was the manager.

“I was brought up five minutes along the road and a few of my mates used to
play there.

“It was good to watch them and see Tam. He used to talk football back then, about how he wanted to go up the leagues and be a manager. That’s what he’s done.

“He’ll do a really good job for Dundee United, he works hard. He’s still learning as a manager and now it’s first-team football for him, he needs to win games.

“I’ve been speaking to Tam for a few months and understood that once the Dundee United manager was leaving, he had a chance of the job. It’s great to see people being given a chance and I’m sure he will take it and cherish it.”

Dundee Utd unveil Thomas Courts as the clubs new Manager
Courts is in charge at Dundee United

Brown was happy to focus on Dons’ ambitions at home and abroad rather than be drawn on the state of affairs at former club Celtic following their Champions League exit.

But with a European tie with Iceland’s Breidablik also looming the 36-year-old refused to concede there’s a gap in the market for second spot in the Premiership due to the crisis engulfing the Hoops.

He said: “It’s way too early for that. We’ll concentrate on ourselves and our game against Dundee United, then we’ll go into the Europa Conference League.

“That’s as far as we need to worry about just now. We’re not talking about other teams, we’re not talking about second place.

“Our main focus is on how we start and making sure our preparation is on key.

“Aberdeen pushed Celtic all the way for years. We had great battles against them, but now it’s my chance to play for Aberdeen and to push.

“We don’t want to talk too far in advance about winning trophies and what we’re going to do in the league. We will take it a game at a time.”

Brown revealed he made the switch to Pittodrie to prove his doubters wrong and bring a freshness to his game.

He said: “I wanted a new challenge. I wanted to prove everybody wrong and show that I could still play at 36 and enjoy my football.

“At the same time, I wanted to learn and do so under a good manager and backroom staff.

“That’s a focus for me, but the main focus is to make sure I do my talking on the park, I’m always available, fit and take part in every training session. I will give as much as I possibly can.

“I love football and I want to play as long as I can.

“It’s different because I’m part of the backroom staff as well, but I’m still enjoying it, I’m still learning as a player and as a coach.

“My day is definitely not 10 till 2 now, I’m working for my money now, that’s for sure.”