Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has hailed his captain Scott Brown, saying that the Celtic midfielder has made his life and career more enjoyable over the last decade, according to quotes published by the Scottish Sun.
Strachan signed Brown for Celtic whilst manager at Parkhead in 2007 and instantly built his Bhoys side around the former Hibernian man as the midfielder made 96 appearances in his two seasons under his new boss before Strachan stepped down in May 2009.
Upon being named the new Scotland boss in January 2013, Strachan wasted no time in installing Brown as his new captain, and the 59-year-old has talked up the impact that the player has had on his own managerial career.
Strachan said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun: "He's been a big part of my career over the last 10 years. He's made my life more enjoyable, that's for sure. More interesting on many occasions as well."
Brown is in line to win his 50th senior cap for Scotland if he features against Denmark in the friendly on Tuesday evening as he continues a nine-year international career for his country.
Strachan also hailed the influence that Brown is now having on the younger members of the Scotland squad, such as his teenage Celtic teammate Kieran Tierney.
Strachan added, as quoted by BBC Sport: "He's not only been a good footballer, but he's been a good help to young players now.
"He is good with people, he likes being with people, he makes everyone welcome here and then he trains to the maximum. He is a leader."
In total, Brown has played over 350 competitive matches in all competitions for Celtic since his arrival nine years ago, and he remains a key figure under Ronny Deila this season.
The midfielder has made 30 appearances for the Bhoys in the current campaign as they look to secure a fifth successive Scottish Premiership title.