Former Manchester United hero Darren Fletcher has hailed the contributions of Celtic captain Scott Brown for club and country over the years, speaking to the club’s official media channel.
Fletcher is a former international teammate of the Hoops legend so knows all about the progression he’s taken from exuberant, attack-minded midfielder to middle-of-the-park enforcer.
Now, he thinks the player is playing some of the best stuff of his entire career.
As quoted by Celtic TV, he said: “He’s been a fantastic captain for Celtic, and Scotland, growing into the roles over the years.
“He’s even adapting his game to the later stages of his career now compared to when he was a young kid when he was flying around the pitch everywhere, and now he’s controlling the game from midfield and dictating the tempo, but still with all that energy when he needs to.
“His form is arguably as good as ever, which is good to see.”
Revitalised by Lennon
It’s fair to say that last season Brown has his critics at Celtic. Both pundits and some supporters were quick to write off the 34-year-old after some poor performances.
I have to say that I was losing faith in his ability too. He looked a yard off the pace both physically and mentally. He just didn’t quite seem to be the combative presence had been previously in the Brendan Rodgers years.
However, the presence of old pal Neil Lennon has rejuvenated his career and, for me, he’s having one of his best seasons in a Celtic shirt.
Perhaps most importantly he’s playing with a smile on his face again. He doesn’t look laboured or under pressure, he is absolutely relishing his role in Lennon’s eleven, both at home and abroad.
Nothing lasts forever and one day he’ll hang up his boots, but right now we simply have to enjoy what he offers.