Stefan Johansen suggests Scott Brown is Celtic’s most important player

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Johansen and Brown were named joint winners of the Celtic Players’ Player of the Year Award.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, the Norwegian midfielder has suggested that Brown, club captain and fellow midfielder, is the most important member of the Bhoys' squad.

Johansen, who was voted fans’ Player of the Year, said: “Broony’s [Brown’s] such a fantastic player. He showed how important he is for the team when he came from his injury earlier in the season.

“We didn’t have the best start to the season but when he came back, you could see the team getting better and better, and he’s such an important player for us.”

29-year-old Brown is a key member of the Celtic side, and is a long-standing player for both club and country. His influential captaincy style ties in well with his tough-tackling persona and style of play, and he is the perfect player to bring the best out the number of attacking stars in Ronny Deila’s team.

It showed earlier this season how much he was missed, as the midfielder was absent as the Bhoys fell out of the Champions League qualifiers, and struggled in the early weeks of the season as they came to terms with Deila’s new system.

He brings a steel to the side that not many others can, and his work in front of the back four allows Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer to excel, despite their relative lack of experience.

He may not be the most lauded player due to his lack of creative flair, but he is vital to Celtic’s play, and Johansen is right to highlight his importance to the side.

His influence may not be felt whilst he is playing, but when absent, it is clear just how vital the Scottish captain is to all the success that the Bhoys enjoy on the field of play.

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