Brendan Rodgers has moved to hail Scott Brown’s display against St Johnstone today as “peerless”.
The match was cagey in the first 45. Celtic had to move the ball around and look for gaps in the Saints defence, but struggled for long spells. St Johnstone also had Zander Clark to thank for a host of different stops throughout the second half.
But goals from James Forrest and Timothy Weah tipped the game in Celtic’s favour. And, speaking to Celtic’s official Twitter, Rodgers believes the Hoops had one key man to thank for it.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 3, 2019
Captain is getting back to his best
There’s no denying that Brown is getting back to his best. Just in front of the back-four once again against St Johnstone, he absolutely bossed it.
Despite the likes of Murray Davidson and Sean Goss doing what they could to trip him up and halt momentum, Brown came out on top as always in the end.
The win marks Celtic’s fifth consecutive victory in-a-row. Confidence is fully-back at Parkhead, and Brown is back to bossing games with the simplest of ease. The over-the-top reaction to the defeat at Ibrox has now quietened down. Any supporters who believed that Brown’s time was up are now being proved wrong once again.
The Hoops captain signed a new two-year extension to his contract during the week. Therefore, it was exactly the kind of display that announced a real statement. He was unmatched in the centre of midfield, as he always is in Scotland when he’s in this kind of form.
But it’s important to stress that Brown wasn’t the only one to look sharp. Timothy Weah, Callum McGregor, and Oliver Burke were also flying and deserve credit for their individual displays respectively.
It was a good day all-round for the Hoops. But was Brown peerless on the McDiarmid Park pitch? 100%.