ANTHONY STOKES has backed Scott Brown to lead Celtic to the treble for only the fourth time in the club’s history.
The 29-year-old dynamo was Ronny Deila’s onfield leader again in the League Cup success over Dundee United despite despite being pictured on a midweek drinking session on the streets on Edinburgh.
Stokes said: “Scott had a bit of a joke afterwards with the supporters when we had the trophy in the bag, but the thing about Scott is that he is a natural leader.
“He is a great captain for us. We miss him when he is not there and you tell me – has there been a game for Celtic where he hasn’t given 100 per cent?
“It is fair to say that we are a different team with him in it than we are with him out of it.”His football ability is something that I think is often overlooked. He is full-blooded in the tackle, he is a winner and he plays with so much energy that sometimes people forget he can actually play a bit, too.
“He really does drive this team on. He lifts us, sometimes that is with a tackle that sets the tone in a game or sometimes it is just his manner on the pitch, but I don’t think there is any question that he belongs in that team.”Out this season’s squad of players, he is the guy who gets things happening, on and off the pitch.”
Meanwhile EFE AMBROSE reckoned Dundee United didn’t have a prayer at Hampden on Sunday.
The Nigerian filled in at right-back for the injured Adam Matthews and Mikael Lustig to pick up his fourth winners medal with the Hoops.
Ambrose said: ““I feel great and delighted to win the League Cup. I thank God for the trophy. I give all glory to God and dedicate it to him because he made it possible.
“This is the first time I have won this trophy. It is special to me and that is why I dedicated it to God.”
Ambrose has won two Premier titles and a Scottish Cup since joining the Parkhead side from Israeli outfit Ashdod for £1million in August 2012.