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  • Skipper salutes Brendan Rodgers after latest individual accolade

    Skipper salutes Brendan Rodgers after latest individual accolade

    By: Mark Henderson on 15 May, 2018 18:01

  • SCOTT Brown has hailed manager Brendan Rogers after the Celtic skipper picked up yet another personal accolade this season today in the form of the Ladbrokes Premiership Player of the Year trophy.

    The 32-year-old’s latest award saw him complete a clean sweep of all the all individual player awards available to him in the current campaign.

    His incredibly consistency over the past 12 months has seen him scoop the PFA Scotland Player of the Year and Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year gongs, while he also collected a treble of awards at Celtic’s annual Player of the Year night, including the prestigious Player of the Year prize

    And speaking to the media at the club’s Lennoxtown training base, the captain has put his stellar season purely down to the positive influence of Brendan Rodgers.

    “Every single bit of it,” he said. “I spoke the other day about Gordon Strachan helping me out but Brendan has been outstanding since he has come came in.

    “The bond between the two of us is very tight and we get on very well on and off the park. He wants everyone to push to new levels. He’s a very honest person and he tells you sometimes and you don’t always like it, but honesty is the best policy and he’s just trying to make the game up here better.”

    Brown has led the Celts to two trophies already this season, including a seventh successive championship, and he would love to cap it off with victory over Motherwell in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden, which would see the Hoops seal an unprecedented double treble.

    “This season has been fantastic,” he said. “To get all these awards is much appreciated but for myself, it’s all about winning games and trophies and we’ve done that so far. We have one push left. It’s been a long season, with 61 games after this one, so it will be good to get a little bit of a rest as well.

    “Last season was exceptional, going through the league as invincibles and getting the treble. But we have this one big push left and to do the double treble would be incredible.”

    When Brendan Rodgers took over as manager in May 2016, he advised Brown to forgo coaching with the Under-20s to focus full on his playing career – and the results have been spectacular, with the midfielder in the form of his life over the past two years.

     “It was definitely the right decision,” said Brown. “At the time, I was coaching the U20s as well and not getting back to games until after games until half 12 or one in the morning, and then being in here early in the morning for training, and that was going on five or six days a week, training and doing the games.

    “It’s quite hard on your body and not being home and seeing the kids as well. It gave me more time to focus on the training ground and get myself as fit as I possibly could and not worry about coaching or doing my 'A' or 'B' licence. I’ll have plenty of time after I retire to go and do coaching or whatever I want.

    “Now it’s all about concentrating on playing football as long as I possibly can with a smile on my face.

    “What lies ahead? To keep winning leagues and trophies at this club and keep playing as long as I possibly can. I have a lot of ambitions and one was to come to Celtic and to win trophies, and I managed to do that and I’m still doing that now.

    “That’s why I came to the club in the first place, to win games and to play against the best players in the world in the Champions League and I’ve had that opportunity. Once you get that, you keep wanting it and next season will be the exact same.”

    “I will take it one year at a time. For myself and everyone in that dressing room, you never know what can happen in football. I might not be playing here in three years time so I just have to enjoy the one we’ve had just now and take that on board and come back next season as fit as I possibly can and look forward to trying to win eight-in-a-row.”

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