Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic skipper Scott Brown didn't need Joey Barton's comments to find motivation

General view of Celtic Park

The Scottish Premiership side's captain will be looking to enjoy a much better season personally.

Celtic's Scott Brown misses his penalty during the shootout

Brendan Rodgers has claimed that Celtic captain Scott Brown does not need to use Joey Barton's comments as motivation as he is already fully committed to helping the Hoops remain at the top, the Daily Record reports.

The Rangers midfielder had seemingly tried to add fuel to the fire ahead of the first Old Firm meeting in the league for several years by making comments about Brown's ability.

Burnley's Joey Barton

But when asked about whether the 31-year-old now goes into the new season more determined to shine so he can prove a point to Barton, Rodgers insisted that commitment to the cause was not something that Brown needed help with.

"You know Scott better than I do though – he doesn't need Joey Barton to be up for a battle," he told the Record.

"That's the beauty of him, he's so committed. I've seen him over the years and he's up for every game he plays. I've been really impressed."

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Given how the Scotland international played during the latter half of last season, it seems likely that he was already determined to impress before Barton even completed his Ibrox switch.

The Bhoys skipper looked out of sorts for much of the campaign following his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, which may have left some wondering whether Rodgers would look to find another midfield general following his appointment earlier in the summer. 

Celtic's Scott Brown

And while the manager's words suggest that Brown will remain a key part of the team during this upcoming season, the former Hibernian man will know that he is under pressure to hit the ground running.

But while if he does do that, many will suggest that Barton's comments have backfired, Rodgers will suggest that Brown's natural determination was the real reason he has proved many people wrong.

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