Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times why he feels Scott Brown has been the club’s most important player this season.
The Norwegian has taken in a lot during his first year in charge at Parkhead, but has admitted he’s noticed just how much the club misses Brown when he’s not available for selection.
“He has been the most important player for us this season. I say that because of his leadership, his experience, his determination, the intensity he brings,” said Deila.
“He is a role model - He has been very important for us, and I could see even at the beginning of the season how big an influence he was because the team missed him badly when he was out.”
Brown is Celtic’s leader and the man who sets the standard for the rest of his teammates to follow in the big games.
He’s also the man that the majority connected to Celtic look to when things aren’t going well and he’s likely to have played a big role behind the scenes in keeping everyone motivated after disappointing results.
The challenge for Brown over the summer is to stay fit and to work on ways to improve his game and ways to keep Celtic strong as a unit.
The challenge for the boss is to find ways to get more out of him, using him to complement other players and using him as an inspirational figure to help others raise their performance levels at difficult times.
Celtic can put themselves into a good position to build on a double and Brown will be central to any future success.