New Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has hailed the influence of Scott Brown at the club, The Scottish Sun report.
The praise comes in the wake of criticism for recent performances from the captain.
The veteran midfielder has recently conceded penalties against Cluj and Hearts, with the former proving crucial to our exit from the UEFA Champions League.
Pundits such as Chris Sutton have wondered whether it’s time to start phasing the 34-year-old out of the Hoops team, even in big matches.
Forster though believes he remains absolutely crucial to Celtic.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “He’s fundamental to the team and is absolutely crucial.
“He was when I was here before and still is now, in terms of what he brings to the changing room and what he brings to the pitch.
“Sometimes he doesn’t get the credit he deserves and people don’t realise how good he is until he’s not there on the pitch. He’s another one who seems to get better with age and he’s a top player.”
Will Brown remain in the Celtic team?
Unless Neil Lennon and the club’s recruitment staff go out and bring in another defensive midfielder before the end of the transfer deadline, it seems likely that Brown will remain a firm fixture in the starting eleven.
Nobody else at the club really performs the role he does, even if there are signs deterioration in his all-round game.
Nir Bitton is used more frequently as a central defender these days, while Eboue Kouassi has been completely absent since returning from injury.
Over the next couple of transfer windows there may be a need to strengthen the position, but for now, it’s likely that Brown remains in the team.
He clearly has the backing of his teammates and manager, if not pundits and some critical fans.