SCOTT BROWN has been prepared to play through the pain barrier while leading Celtic into the annals of history.
The Hoops skipper was at his dynamic best in the 5-0 triumph over St Mirren at Parkhead yesterday that hurtled the champions 16 points clear at the Premiership pinnacle.
Aberdeen will provide the Scottish Cup semi-final opposition for the second successive season at Hampden on Easter Sunday which could see Neil Lennon’s men clinch a silverware showdown with either Hearts or Hibs at the national stadium on May 9.
The Hoops boss has revealed that team’s inspirational onfield leader recently underwent a pain-killing injection to help him recover from a troublesome calf injury.
But Lennon insisted the midfield powerhouse is now fully fit.
He told the Sunday Mail: “He had one injection a few weeks ago, but didn’t get one before today (against St Mirren).
“The injury settled right down and he’s had a run of matches now. He’s not been getting them before each game.
“Scott’s playing great. He’s had an outstanding season and, at 34, you have to pay tribute to his professionalism and mentality.
“He just wants to get out there and play for the team. If he was struggling, I’d give him a break like we did recently against Kilmarnock.
“But Broony likes to play and have that match rhythm, so that’s not in my thinking at all.”