FORMER Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is a confirmed fan of the club’s Scott Brown although he started him on the substitutes’ bench before the Betfred League Cup Final against Aberdeen at Hampden on December 2.
The 33-year-old midfielder had been toiling with a hamstring problem, but there was no surprise when he made an appearance in the second-half as a replacement for Tom Rogic.
Rodgers always acknowledged the true worth of the former Scotland international leader to the Parkhead men.
The Irishman is also admirer the big-game mentality of the player, who cost a Scottish club record fee of £4.4million when Gordon Strachan brought him in from Hibs in May 2007.
The Hoops star has been a key player from day one and that is certain to continue under Neil Lennon, who took charge of the club for a second time when Rodgers left for Leicester City in February.
Before his sudden departure, the former Liverpool chief insisted: “There is no doubt that in the big games, Scott makes the big contribution.
WE DIDN’T GIVE THEM A SNIFF…Scott Brown and stand-in skipper Mikael Lustig after the Betfred League Cup Final success over Aberdeen on December 2 at Hampden.
“That is why he has played 500-odd games.
“He is an important player for that. He came back at a good time. He was able to come in and contribute in the Cup Final.
“Now it is just a case of managing him through some of the matches to make sure he is at game speed for this last week.”
Brown made it clear he would be concentrating completely on club commitments when he retired from the Scotland international scene this season after making 55 appearances for his country, many of them as captain.
After guiding the team to the unprecedented double treble since Rodgers’ arrival in May 2016, he picked up another winner’s medal as an influential second-half substitute in the 1-0 Betfred League Cup Final against the Dons when Ryan Christie volleyed in a memorable winner.
And it was Broony who led the team to their eighth successive title with a 3-0 win at Pittodrie and once again he was instrumental in the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final triumph over Hearts on May 25, one of the most famous dates in the club’s history.
How about a quadruple treble?
Would anyone bet against Scott Brown?