SCOTT BROWN is poised to lead Celtic in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier against Alashkert in Armenia this evening.

Brendan Rodgers is confident the inspirational skipper will be fit for the start of the crucial campaign with the Hoops facing four rounds and eight ties before they can claim a place in the group stages.

Brown looked as though he might be sidelined after sustaining an ankle injury during the 7-0 win over Shamrock Rovers in the Dublin friendly at the weekend.

But the 33-year-old midfielder trained last night in Yerevan and, barring any reaction to that session this morning, he will be in his usual position for the Euro Kick-off.

Rodgers said: “Yeah, Scott should be fine. It was just precautionary really at the weekend.

“Hopefully, all being well, he will be fit. Scott’s a real catalyst for the team.

“We’ve played without him before and played well, but he’s still building up his fitness. He is a very important player for us.”

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