Former Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has taken part in an interview with the official club website, paying tribute to Neil Lennon and his team after their nine-in-a-row triumph.
Rodgers left the club in dramatic circumstances last year as the club pushed for an eighth successive title, with Lennon having to come into the club and pick up the pieces.
Although Lennon, his players and the club have said nothing but nice things about the Leicester boss in the time since that departure, the Invincibles boss remains a divisive character amongst supporters.
The club though have sought his opinion on this season and the title triumph, with Rodgers hailing the ‘absolutely brilliant’ consistency of Lennon’s Bhoys.
He also picked two players out for praise in particular – James Forrest and Scott Brown.
The duo have been at Celtic for every single one of the nine titles won in succession.
As quoted by CelticFC.net, Rodgers said of the pair: “What I love about Scott is that he plays every game like it’s the first time anyone’s watching him. It doesn’t matter if it’s away at the Nou Camp or up at Ross County, he’s up for every single game.
“So he’s a phenomenal player and also a huge part of the glue that pulls everything together within the players. He’s selfless. He looks after them and he looks after the club.
“Then you get Jamesy. When I first went in there, he was thinking of leaving but very quickly we worked together over the course of the pre-season, and we just needed to add goals to his game and get his fitness levels up.
“In my time there, and from then on, with his consistency, his goals, his assists, and his experience, he’s been absolutely brilliant.”
Both Forrest and Brown have really come into their own in recent years, with their experience and passion for Celtic really enhancing their all-round games.
This season Forrest was particularly devastating to the opposition, netting 16 goals and assisting 22 times in 47 games across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
That’s a stunning return for a winger who was once considered inconsistent. As Rodgers notes, he even nearly left the club before the current run of trebles.
Whether or not Rodgers’ appearance on official Celtic channels will go down well with fans is another matter.
However, you can’t really argue with what he’s said here.