Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been singing the praises of captain Scott Brown recently.
Lennon and Brown have been getting along brilliantly since the manager walked in the door. Broony had a tremendous relationship with Brendan Rodgers before Lenny, but the new man certainly has more of a blossoming friendship with his captain.
And at a time when some fans are looking for Brown to be managed accordingly, Lennon’s praising of his captain doesn’t suggest he’ll be getting dropped anytime soon.
Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Lennon, not for the first time, showered praise on the former Hibs man.
“Scott has the desire and fire but it’s controlled. His reading of the game, his tackling, which is still a fine art, and I would know a bit about that, is perfect. He was so impressive (at Ibrox).
“It’s ageism. Scott Brown is a man for all seasons. When he’s right — and in the main he’s always right — he’s still a fantastic player. It’s difficult to play without him at times, but that Sunday at Ibrox was one of the finest games that I’ve seen from Scott.
“Broony’s just got that natural cardio-vascular. He’s blessed with that, really. When you see him running in training behind the scenes, he’s still at the forefront of it all, and very powerful.”
Scott Brown doesn’t look like slowing up anytime soon
When you get to 34, questions about your fitness levels will consistently get asked. It’s almost as if you’re not allowed a poor performance without being told your legs are gone.
Brown knows all about that. He’s been questioned about his longevity for what seems like years now. However, in the 2-0 win at Ibrox, he showed that he has plenty left in the tank.
And what’s even more telling is the fact that Lennon’s words here suggest that he certainly won’t be missing key games in order to “manage” his body. Lennon has so much trust and faith in Brown, therefore he surely won’t be replacing him on too many occasions.
It’s yet another vital part of the season, and Brown, having had a week off due to international duty, should be fresh and ready to go once again.
You wonder just how many managers could’ve gotten that performance out of Brown at Ibrox. There’s a friendship between Lennon and his midfielder that seems like it would see them run through brick walls for each other.
That’s a great thing for a manager and captain to have. And, with a bit of luck, we continue seeing the best of Brown for some time yet.