SCOTT BROWN is ready to go down in Celtic history against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park this afternoon.
The Hoops midfielder will attempt to steer the Hoops to their 63rd unbeaten domestic game during Brendan Rodgers’ regime.
That will overtake the 100-year record of Willie Maley’s team set between 1915 and 1917.
However, the 32-year-old international star has admitted he might never have been part of Rodgers’ Invincibles.
Brown considered retiring in the summer of 2016 – at the end of Ronny Deila’s reign – due to injuries and a loss of form.
He revealed: “For me, it was coming close. It was a hard time for me as I was going through injury after injury and it was probably due to me not being as fit as I should have been.
“Playing in a game, I’ve got to give it everything because that’s the sort of player I am. To go in 100 per cent when you’re not 100 per cent fit then you are going to pick up injuries.
“The Celtic fans were on my back and I understand that because I probably wasn’t playing as well as I should have done, but I like to prove people wrong.”
Brown, like many of his team-mates, has been rejuvenated since the arrival of boss Rodgers 17 months ago and he acknowledges the influence of the Irishman on his current good form.
He added: “As soon as Brendan came in, the first thing he asked was what I could do differently and I said: ‘I need to get fitter I need to get sharper we need to work on my intensity’.
“Pre-season was hard and for me that is what football is all about.
“It’s about working hard and getting the benefits afterwards.”
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