Pundit Chris Sutton has named Celtic captain Scott Brown as the best player in Scottish football, speaking to The Daily Record.
Sitting down with journalist Keith Jackson and former Rangers man Alex Rae, the trio tasked themselves with compiling a list of the top 10 players in the country.
For Sutton, there was no argument about who should be the top dog, even taking into account the goalscoring exploits of players such as Odsonne Edouard and Alfredo Morelos.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “You can’t argue with this really, although you both might try. The most influential player in the country – that’s Scott Brown.
“Strip everything back. We’ve talked about a couple of really top strikers, goalscorers, influential midfielders, some really good players in the top ten. But Scott Brown is the player who gets the most out of players around him.
“I thought a couple of years ago he was done. That semi-final against Rangers I thought, ‘he’s on the wane here.’ He can’t go on forever, but I am amazed at his level of fitness, the influence on the players around him and the Celtic dressing room.”
And what was Rae’s response in the video?
“I’ve gone for Morelos.”
We’ll say no more.
Sutton is right to address the criticism of Scott Brown over the years. He’s been considered ‘finished’ more times than I can count.
I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve certainly hopped on that bandwagon before too. After a particularly poor display, such as the ones against Cluj or Rangers, it’s tempting to see it as a seachange moment in Brown’s Celtic story.
There’s no doubting the contribution he’s made to the team over the years, but sometimes I see a different future in the Celtic midfield. Should Kristoffer Ajer step into a new role? Can Olivier Ntcham find the grit to shine consistently in a deeper role? Is it possible to bring Eboue Kouassi out of cold storage?
However, I’m also very happy that he proves his doubters wrong every time. This season he’s been as fantastic as ever, given a new lease of life by Neil Lennon.
It’s absolutely undeniable he’s been one of the best players in Scotland for over a decade and if Sutton wants to name him as such then it’ll get no argument from my end.