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  • Scott Brown reveals Brendan Rodgers' recipe for success

    Scott Brown reveals Brendan Rodgers' recipe for success

    By: Mark Henderson on 10 Jun, 2016 12:01

  • SCOTT Brown insists that exciting times are round the corner for Celtic after the captain listened to Brendan Rodgers’ recipe for success over dinner.

    Following the Irishman’s appointment to the Hoops hot-seat at the end of May - which saw 13,000 supporters flock to Paradise for his unveiling - one of his first tasks was to invite the skipper round to his home in London for a meal to outline his vision for taking the club forward.   

    The new manager was also keen to hear the 30-year-old's thoughts about the club and draw upon his extensive knowledge of the club, with the midfielder approaching a decade of service for the Scottish champions.

    And Brown told Celtic TV in an exclusive interview that he was hugely impressed and encouraged at what he heard from Brendan Rodgers. 

    He said: “I didn’t cook so it was okay! It was a great meal. We sat down and chatted for a good couple of hours about the past and the future and what we're looking to do, and he was spot-on with everything.

    “It’s going to be exciting times. His ideas and philosophy are great and it’s going to help me and a lot of the lads in the changing room. I'm looking forward to it. 

    “He spoke about a lot of things, such as responsibilities, talking on and off the park, bringing the lads as close as together as possible, making sure we have a good team morale and that we work hard on the park.

    “The main thing is to get as fit as soon as possible for the Champions League qualifiers. We need to try and get through them to reach the Champions League as that is where this club deserves to be and hopefully we will be there this season.

    “It’s going to be good for us because he’s going to chop and change formations, and we're not just going to be one-dimensional so that will be something to keep everyone on their toes,” continued Brown.

    “It’s a huge name for everyone and everyone will learn a lot from him and that’s what we wanted, and Peter and the club have done really well to get him on board.

    “He’s managed huge clubs and almost won the league with Liverpool a couple of seasons back. To have 13,000 fans come to the stadium to see him is something some clubs don’t even get on matchdays and it shows how well-respected he is by the Celtic fans.”

    Brown caught up with the new manager as he continued to recover from the injuries that forced him to play through the pain barrier during the closing months of the season.

    And, visibly upbeat, he revealed that he was now feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, and relishing being at the forefront of the Brendan Rodgers revolution.

    “It was both my hamstrings and I also got bone bruising against Hearts in my final game so I was falling to bits towards the end of the season,” he explained. 

    “The rest is always good and it’s the longest I've had since coming to Celtic and it was definitely needed.

    “I have had a few days off which were good and I have just been trying to get over my injuries and making sure they are okay for the start of pre-season. I started back running the other day there and I feel okay so hopefully I can kick on now.

    “I feel good and it’s all about getting a touch of the ball now and getting back in with the lads, playing games and getting my fitness going.”

    Although Brown has yet to meet the other new members of Brendan Rodgers' backroom team - assistant manager, Chris Davies, and new head of performance, Glen Driscoll - he is looking forward to working with them after hearing glowing reports on them from the Hoops boss.  

    He said: “I haven’t met them but I am the same age as Chris so at least we have something in common so far!

    "But I have heard a lot about him and when I spoke to the gaffer, he was buzzing about him so I’m sure we will get on well because if the gaffer speaks so highly about someone like that, then you don’t take that lightly.

    "They have done really well previously in the game and hopefully they can do the same with us.”

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