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SCOTT BROWN: CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOCUS

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SCOTT BROWN will enjoy Celtic’s title party after the final game of the season against Inverness Caley Thistle at Parkhead.
But the Hoops skipper insisted his focus will then switch to the Champions League qualifiers.
Brown said: “Sunday is what it all about. However, after a few days, you already start thinking all about what is coming up next – and the next big thing for us is the Champions League.
“There are a few of us here who know what it is like to play there and what it brings to the club.
“It isn’t the financial side. It is as players what it does to you to go and play against the very best.
“The fans love it. The stadium is like nothing else on those nights. The whole place is jumping and we are desperate to make sure that we are in it again this season.
“That means being as ready as we can be for the qualifiers.”
Brown will be handed the fourth successive Premier League trophy after the game against John Hughes’ side – the fifth title he has won in his eight years since his £4million arrival from Hibs.
He said: “It is not just about me being Celtic captain and winning the league. It is about winning, full stop.
“It is another medal for everyone to put in their cabinet and we have deserved it.
“Over the season, we have played some good football and I think you can see we have got better as the season has gone on.
“There were a few days when we had to battle it out just to get the points, but we have really grown as a team.
“Days like Sunday are what it is all about. You can never get to a stage where you do not enjoy winning things and lifting trophies.

“But it not just about the team. It is about the manager, it is about the guys behind the scenes, as well, and, of course, it is for the fans. They have been with us week in, week out and this is a day for them to come out and enjoy as well.”

“We are always expected to win the title, but you have to go out and do it. You have to earn the right to play football and earn the right to win.
“At the start of the season, it was difficult. We didn’t hit the ground running as a team, there was a new manager, there were new ideas to get used to and it was a tough time.
“But we got through that, which is the important thing, and we are delighted, of course, to win the league.
“People tend to forget that although we are expected to win, we also play far more games than other teams.
“We are often playing midweek games in Europe and then going back to the league at the weekend and you do need to be able to cope with that.”
 
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