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Celtic winger praises Scott Brown's effect on national team

James Forrest has praised Scott Brown's contribution for Scotland and Celtic.

Celtic midfielder James Forrest has praised Scott Brown for his impact on the Scotland team, as reported by the Glasgow Evening Times.

Brown has combined his role as Celtic captain with being Scotland captain in the absence of West Brom’s Darren Fletcher, who had a spell out of the game with chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis.

Stand-in captain Brown has had a big influence on his country whilst wearing the armband, leading from the front with his high energy and hard tackling, and scored winning goals for his country in consecutive games against Norway and Poland.

He has only missed one qualifier so far and is a large part of why Scotland sit joint-second in Group D, with impressive displays against Germany and Poland away from home, as well as defeating the Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park.

Forrest – who was a surprise inclusion in the squad at the expense of Gary Mackay-Steven – knows all to well how his club captain can lift a side but thinks the combination of Brown and Fletcher is great for the national team.

"He's not any different to what he's like at Celtic, he's just the same at Scotland. Broony's the same with everybody," he told the Glasgow Evening Times.

"He helps the young boys coming through into the national team and he's good with the older ones.

"Broony has done really well for Celtic this season and I'm sure he'll continue to do that for Scotland as well.

"Both Scott and Darren have captained the Scotland team before, and to be honest I don't think it matters what one gets the nod as skipper.

"It is good for the squad that we have the two of them."

Gordon Strachan opted to give Fletcher the armband against Northern Ireland as Brown watched on from the bench, but with the Celtic midfielder likely to return against Gibraltar it is unclear who Strachan will name as captain.

Both men are more than capable of filling the role but footballing reasons might see Fletcher miss out, with Strachan likely to recall Brown with other midfielders like James Morrison vying to start the match at Hampden Park.

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