Oliver Burke and Scott Brown are clearly growing fairly close, with the former returning the latter’s praise from earlier in the week.

Brown claimed at the start of the week that Burke was the fastest player he had ever played with. That’s despite a now 17-year professional career that’s seen 11 of them spent at Parkhead. You can read our story on those comments here.

And yesterday, during his press conference on Celtic TV, Burke took time to return the favour. Scotland internationalist Burke is absolute flying at Parkhead, and he told everyone of how Brown has made sure he’s settled in well.

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Burke has three Celtic goals to his name since arriving (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Scott Brown’s an amazing guy and a great player. He’s not really spoken much about the European nights here.

“Instead he’s sort of a guy that puts his arm around you and makes sure you’re happy and comfortable. He’s a great character and great to have in the team.

“He’s not just a big leader, but he works his socks off for the group and gives a big performance.”

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Another sign of Burke’s positive integration

Burke is really starting to show signs of settling in at Parkhead. And it’s clear from his words on Brown that he’s developed a strong relationship or liking to at the very least towards the Celtic captain.

And it also goes to show the work Brown does that goes unnoticed by many. Burke makes it clear he goes out of his way to make sure players settle in well. It’s one of the roles that won’t get publicised, but it shows how much of a captain he is.

Scott Brown continues to be a leader both on and off the park (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The same could probably be said for how Brown has treated Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo too.

But as both Burke and Brown prepare to face Valencia, the niceties will have to end there. Tonight is a colossal match, and a big performance from Burke would do wonders for his confidence.

With three goals in six appearances so far, he’s certainly started on fire. Another goal tonight signals a big step-up.

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