Celtic skipper Scott Brown explains how his role has been changed during pre-season

General view of Celtic Park

The 31-year-old has spent the last few seasons playing a very orthodox central-midfield role.

Celtic's Scott BrownCeltic's Scott Brown

Scott Brown has explained that under Brendan Rodgers, he has begun to find himself out towards Celtic's left wing in a position much closer to the one that he was deployed in when he first joined the club, the Evening Times reports.

The Hoops stalwart has been a regular in the centre of the side's midfield in recent years, but following a mixed patch of form in the second half of last term and Brendan Rodgers' arrival, it appears that the 31-year-old will be given a much freer role if pre-season is anything to go by.

Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden

And he explained why he is enjoying the change of scene, having played a similar role during his early days at Parkhead.

"I'm now like a left-winger! It's been good for me. I've been used to sitting just in front of the back four these last couple of seasons under the old gaffer, but now I'm being encouraged to push up more, breaking into the box more," he told the Evening Times.

"Now it's about thinking about where the ball is going to bounce, and picking it up. Nir has sat in there, and so has Stefan. It's a good system to play in, with the three of us having a role, and everyone creating space for each other. Movement is huge in the way the gaffer wants to play.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

"When I first came to Celtic I think I played some kind of similar role – but Gordon Strachan tried to calm me down. But it's good. I don't mind where I play and we've got a lot of good players here. It's great fighting for a place. I don't mind where I play, whether I'm in central midfield or whether I'm further forward, either on the left or the right."

Although Brown's struggles last season could arguably be put down to failing to properly recover from injury, his dip in form hinted that it may be time to start considering alternatives for the role of midfield general.

Celtic's Scott Brown misses his penalty during the shootout

The former Hibernian man's inconsistency somewhat mirrored the Bhoys' own form last season, and Rodgers may want to give someone like Nir Bitton the opportunity to prove himself in the middle and set the tempo that the side plays to.

And the move out towards the wing may prolong the amount of time that Brown can continue to contribute to the team as slightly less energy may be required from him, so he can concentrate on the other attributes that have made him such an influential leader of the side.

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