Celtic legend Chris Sutton has paid tribute to Hoops captain Scott Brown as he deals with a calf injury, reports the Daily Record.
The Hoops skipper has been an ever-present for Celtic in the league this season, but he may miss out against Kilmarnock on Sunday due to a calf injury.
He had to go off injured during the second-half of Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Copenhagen. Now the Hoops could have a taste of the future against Kilmarnock, as Brown might well miss the game.
The Hoops will have to replace Brown sooner rather than later, as he is 34 and his contract expires at the end of next season.
However, Sutton believes that Brown might not be fully appreciated until his time at Celtic is over, and he has described the player as a ‘one-off’.
“There is no another one”
“Brown is a one-off. There is not another one and there won’t be when he is gone” Sutton said, writing in his column in the Daily Record.
“It’s only in later years that people will really understand the influence that he has had on that dressing room for such a long period of time and the trophies he has won and medal haul tells the story.”
Brown has been a key man for Celtic over the last 10 years of success. When you look at the success the team has had, the Hoops captain has been integral.
You can tell from the huddle that he is the main man
The respect Brown’s teammates must have for him will be massive. You can tell from the way he speaks in the Celtic huddle that he is the man in charge of the dressing room.
Sutton’s point might well be proven correct should Celtic’s run of trophies come to an end when Brown retires. However, even if the Hoops keep on winning Brown’s presence will still be a big miss in the dressing room.
Maybe he can get a coaching role at Celtic to keep him at the club. However, that will not be the same as how important he is as a player.
Brown has to go down as one of Celtic’s influential players of the last 25 years, and stories will no doubt be told in years to come by former players about Brown’s time at the club.
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