Former Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has paid tribute to club captain Scott Brown on the brink of our nine-in-a-row triumph in the Scottish Premiership, The Daily Record reports.

Brown has been the leader in the Celtic squad for all nine of the league campaigns, winning many more cup competitions along the way.

He’s become a modern Hoops legend who will go down in history as one of the greatest ever captains at Celtic Park, brushing shoulders with amazing generational talents such as Billy McNeill.

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For Caldwell, who played with Brown at both Hibs and Celtic, it’s all something of a surprise when he thinks back to the young player that first started in the game.

As quoted by The Daily Record, he said: “When I look at Scott now, as the leader of this Celtic team and the centre of everything at the club, it’s hard to believe it’s that same kid I met at Hibs.

“Even when he first came to Celtic, he had a difficult first couple of years. He obviously he had a family issue, with his sister passing away, which was so tragic.

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“That really affected him but he’s done amazingly well to come back from that and to grow as a person and as a footballer. He’s gone on to become a Celtic legend.

“In those first few years when I was at Celtic, I don’t think anyone could have said that would happen for him, but he’s gone on to be a fantastic player and someone who’ll be remembered at the club for ever more.”

Brown deserves every bit of praise that’s about to come his way following the confirmation of our Scottish Premiership triumph.

As Caldwell notes, he’s been through it all at the club, both positive and negative.

For his presence to have endured throughout a period of incredible Celtic success is magical.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon and captain and Scott Brown

Celtic manager Neil Lennon and captain Scott Brown / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

One of the things we can look forward to during this lockdown period is that one day Celtic will take the pitch again, led by Scott Brown and backed by a vociferous support.

Over the last decade that’s all gone hand in hand.

The word legend is often overused but when it comes to Brown and Celtic, it’s more than appropriate.

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