Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has called Celtic captain Scott Brown ‘a hard man’.

The 33-year-old attacker played against Brown in charity matches and felt the muscle of Broony.

However, the ex-England international thinks Brown leaves it all on the pitch and becomes the joker.

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Nevertheless, Agbonlahor believes that Brown is one of the most surprising players he has faced.

Gabby Agbonlahor on Celtic skipper Scott Brown

Brown and Agbonlahor have never came up against each other in club or international football.

Gabby Agbonlahor in action for Aston Villa. (Foto Mathias Renner/City-Press GbR)

But, this doesn’t stop the retired Villa man knowing a player when he sees one, even in a charity game.

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He told Stadium Astro that Broony is one of the surprising players he has came up against.

The host makes reference to Brown’s temperament but was shot down by Agbonlahor.

He said: “He’s not serious or a hard-man or anything like that. But on the pitch he is.

“But off the pitch, he is a happy guy and laughing, he’s not the same person at all to what he is on it.

Celtic captain Scott Brown is the joker off the pitch according to team mates. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He’s the total opposite. But he must go on the pitch and think ‘I have got the Celtic colours on now, I’m the hard man and I’m the centre midfielder.

“I am going to be that man on the pitch, but when I leave it, I am the joker.’”

Brown is often cited by former and current teammates as the funny man in the team.

However, everyone knows about his shining leadership qualities that have paid the club dividends.

Scott Brown is no stranger to leading the Hoops to silverwear. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

Broony is perhaps the club’s perfect captain, keeping the spirits high as well as being able to handle the more serious side of the game.

The 34-year-old is about to enter the last year of his contract.

When he does go next year, the club will need to find big shoes to fill the gap Brown will leave behind.

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