SCOTT BROWN is hoping to play his part in the Dazzling Dozen for Celtic.
The 35-year-old powerhouse has figured largely in the previous 11 successive domestic trophy triumphs – and is eager to be involved against Hearts on Sunday when the Hoops can seal the phenomenal quadruple treble.
The Hoops skipper has sat out the 3-2 win over Lille in the Europa League last week and the 2-0 Premiership victory over Kilmarnock at the weekend while all-action Ivorian Ismaila Soro – 13 years his junior – has taken over the anchorman role in front of the defence.
But Brown is determined to be in the line-up for the delayed Scottish Cup Final against the Tynecastle side who knocked out his former club Hibs in the semi-final.
Neil Lennon has hinted at loyalty to the players who helped the club get to the showpiece showdown and the former Scotland international captain hopes he is included in his manager’s thoughts as the big game looms.
Brown, who has won the trophy five times, told Celtic TV: “The Scottish Cup Final means so much to me. I have so many great memories.
“The main ones are going up there and picking it up after the first treble in 2017. It was emotional with all the Celtic fans being there and us dancing about the dressing room afterwards.
“Tom Rogic’s goal against Aberdeen in the last minute. Us all running and diving into the crowd down towards the corner flag. Wee Griff (Leigh Griffiths) getting on top of everyone, as well. It was a fantastic time and a great experience.
“It means so much for myself and all of the fans. For the ones who can’t be there who have supported us through thick and thin, it’s just as much for them as it is for us.“It’s a great honour. Especially going there and if we win this it is 12 trophies out of 12 we will have won.
“It’s an incredible feeling for everybody who has been involved all the way from the start to, hopefully, December 20.”
The ball is now at Lennon’s feet. A massive decision will have to be made by the team boss.
It’s likely we may have to wait until just before kick-off on Sunday before we know who gets the nod.