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‘I’LL NEVER TIRE OF PICKING UP TROPHIES,’ SCOTT BROWN

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CELTIC’S Mr Perpetual Motion Scott Brown beamed brightly as he waved the newly-won Betfred League Cup to the Hoops fans after the 3-0 triumph over Aberdeen at Hampden yesterday.
And then the 31-year-old skipper immediately set his sights on picking up the Premiership crown for the sixth successive season as well as the Scottish Cup.
A treble silverware success in Brendan Rodgers’ debut season is the aim of everyone at Parkhead – and Brown is more than willing to play his part in the procession.
The win over the Dons was the powerhouse’s 11th honour since his £4.4million move from Hibs in 2007 – and also, of course, the 100th in the club’s illustrious history.unspecified-50
Brown said: “It’s never just about me, but it’s fantastic to be captain of this club right now, to be leading these lads, to be playing under a great manager.

“To be enjoying my football, that is the main thing. We knew this would be the club’s 100th trophy.

“The gaffer made that clear to us all and we went out there knowing we wanted that trophy.

“If we turn up, we know we’re a great team to watch. We also know that it has always been tough for us at Hampden.

“But we’ve got a new manager, he’s refreshed this team and it’s looking really good.

“I definitely get the same buzz from lifting a trophy now as I did at the very start of my Celtic career.

“Going up there to lift the trophy, it’s obviously fantastic for the lads coming through, guys who maybe haven’t won a lot before.

“But even for me, every time you go up on that podium as a winner, it’s so special.unspecified-17

“When you lift that trophy and see over 20,000 Celtic fans cheering you, staying behind to celebrate, it’s something else.

“Our supporters have been fantastic this season. They keep turning up in their thousands to watch us, wherever we are.”

Brown added: “The manager coming to Celtic is one of the best things that has happened in my career, without a doubt.

“He has just brought confidence, game awareness, everyone knowing where they should be for 90 minutes, nobody’s just standing next to an opponent, you are pulling off at angles.

“Every time I’ve got the ball, it’s so easy because I’ve got so many options in front of me, so many players in space.

“That showed when Aberdeen came back at us. We knew what they were going to do, they have a lot of big, physical players. But we’ve got great defenders and midfielders who can win those battles.

“They will get into the box and try to beat you physically. So, to keep a clean sheet is pleasing, because we still tried to get the ball down and play our way out of pressure.”

Brown added: “It was great, a professional performance for the full 90 minutes.

“We were maybe a bit sloppy at the start of the second-half, but that’s always going to happen when you go in 2-0 up.

“They still had a huge Cup Final to play, so we knew they would come out and try to battle. But, at the end of it all, the better team won.”

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