Celtic boss Neil Lennon has paid a huge compliment to Hoops skipper Scott Brown. He believes that the Celtic man is one of the best ever captains that the club has had in its long and distinguished history.
“He’s one of the finest captains we’ve ever had” Lennon said, as reported by the Celtic Twitter account, at the ‘An Evening with Broony’ event.
High praise from the Hoops boss
That is certainly high praise from the Hoops manager. However, when you look at the number of trophies that Brown has won in his time as Celtic skipper, it is hard to argue with Lennon’s opinion.
Celtic have won 18 trophies under Brown’s leadership, which is a truly staggering number of trophies. There is also the influence that Brown has on his team-mates. When he encourages his team-mates in the pre-match huddle, you can tell that he is hugely motivated, and more often than not that influences his team-mates performances on the pitch.
Is Brown as good a captain as Billy McNeill? That is hard to say. After all, McNeill lifted the European Cup as Celtic skipper. European success has mostly eluded Brown at Celtic, although he did help the Hoops reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
McNeill is probably in a league of his own when it comes to Celtic captains. But on the level just underneath that, Brown has to be there.
Captain’s attitude reminiscent of his manager
He is reminiscent of current Celtic manager Neil Lennon, when it comes to the captaincy. Both men have an incredible will to win, and don’t like losing.
With Celtic set to be in what looks like a title race for the first time in a few seasons, Brown’s will to win and motivation for his team-mates will be huge in making sure that Celtic win their ninth title in a row. There isn’t a better man in the squad to lead the Hoops to hopefully yet more success.