Former Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels Scott Brown is the player who’s had the biggest impact on Leigh Griffiths.
Griffiths has turned his career around at the Bhoys this season, becoming the most important forward in Ronny Deila’s first squad at Parkhead.
He’s been consistent across all competitions and has kept some very good attacking players out of Celtic’s team and Fenlon feels that Brown’s captaincy skills and leadership is rubbing off on him.
“My guess is that Scott Brown has been a positive influence on him. Scott's own attitude is exemplary and I believe he has taken Leigh under his wing,” he said.
“I'm not surprised by how well Leigh is doing.”
It should be extremely encouraging for Deila that Brown is stepping forward and taking it upon himself to try and revitalise the mentality of a player who has proven to be so important to the team.
Weaker men would have just left Griffiths to get on with it in the hope that he can step up and turn things around both on and off the pitch on his own.
However, Brown is someone who takes the Celtic captaincy very seriously and hopefully he can have a similar impact on one or two other players out of the side.
The big challenge now for Griffiths is to end the season well before having a positive break over the summer, as he looks to hit the ground running next year and replicate the sort of form which has helped the club towards a double.