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‘SCOTT NEEDS REST,’ RONNY

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CELTIC boss Ronny Deila has confirmed skipper Scott Brown will miss the final three Premiership games because of inflammation in both hamstrings, as CQN informed readers on Monday.

The midfielder, 30, is also likely to miss Scotland’s friendlies against Italy on May 29 and France on June 4.
Deila admitted: “I cannot be 100 per cent sure of that, but I think that he needs a rest now to get ready for next season. He has been injured for three months and pushed himself through a lot of games.”unspecified-11

The departing gaffer also praised Brown for playing through the pain barrier to help the Hoops to a fifth successive Premiership title and a second under the Norwegian.

He said: “It has been unbelievably important. On the pitch he is unbelievable, in training as well – always 100 per cent. That was what I was saying before I came here and talking to the players on the first day – we need players giving 100 per cent and he has been a good ambassador for that.

“He can handle a lot of pain, as well, and also is a leader in good times and bad times.

“I think to get the best out of him – for Celtic and for Scotland – I think it is important to give him some rest now.”

Celtic, nine points ahead with three games left and a better goal difference of 35 than second-placed Aberdeen, have effectively wrapped up the Premiership title.

But a point against the Pittodrie side at Parkhead tomorrow in the 12.30pm start would confirm their second consecutive championship success during Deila’s reign.

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