Peter Lawwell praises Celtic midfielder Scott Brown

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Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell speaks highly of Scott Brown.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has told The Scottish Sun that Scott Brown should be praised for his leadership quality.

Brown is not playing for Celtic at the moment as he is taking a break in order to return for pre-season training fresh.

The 30-year-old central midfielder himself announced his decision earlier this month, ruling himself out of the Bhoys’ final three matches (as reported by The Glasgow Evening Times).

The Scotland international has been criticised by some for taking an early break, but Lawwell believes that the former Hibernian star has done nothing wrong.

“Scott has had criticism which is a sign of the frustration and apathy,” Lawwell told The Scottish Sun. “But then I don’t know who hasn’t been getting it tight around the place.

“But I would pay special tribute to Scott, who has held the team together in terms of his leadership. He’s played with his tendonitis and gone through a lot of games when he’s not been 100-per-cent fit.

“He’s now going to get a break, he’ll have seven weeks off, and I’m sure he’ll be back roaring. But he should take credit, not criticism, for being the leader and captain.”

Brown is one of the best players at Celtic and is one of the best midfielders in the Scottish Premiership at the moment.

The former Hibernian star has been on the books of the Hoops since 2007 and has a contract until June 2018.

The Scotland international has struggled with injury problems this season, but he has always done the best he could.

Celtic have won the Scottish Premiership title this season and have one more game to play.

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