David Provan raises doubts over Celtic's Scott Brown

Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden

Celtic’s Scott Brown has come in for some criticism.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers poses with the Celtic shirt after the press conference

Former player David Provan believes captain Scott Brown may struggle to be an automatic starter for Celtic this season following his poor display against Lincoln Red Imps, the Scottish Sun reports.

Celtic were embarrassed during their Champions League qualifying round first-leg encounter with Lincoln, losing to the semi-professional side in Gibraltar by a narrow 1-0 scoreline.

The Hoops bossed possession during Rodgers’ first competitive game in charge, yet for large spells it was all sideways passing and ponderous movement off the ball.

Celtic's Scott Brown speaks to referee Bobby Madden

Writing in his column for the Scottish Sun, Provan felt Brown was one of Celtic’s worst performers in Gibraltar and added that his reputation as a warrior hides his lack of creativity when in possession.

"During pre-season Rodgers described Scott Brown as a “warrior. In my day Jock Stein used the same description for Graeme Souness. More recently Sir Alex Ferguson had Roy Keane in the same bracket. But Souey and Keane could play as well as put their foot in,” the former Celtic man explained.

“Brown? Now on the wrong side of 30, the skipper represents a huge call for Brendan. Unable to influence the game in midweek I would be surprised if he’s an automatic pick this season. Brown has never been one for the telling pass.”

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their first goal

Rodgers has proved over his managerial career with the likes of Swansea City and Liverpool how he can get his teams playing an attractive passing game with a high level of intensity.

Yet in the Premier League he had quality players to work with, while now with the Scottish champions he has a group of players who in truth are not exactly top class players with great technical ability.

Brown has always been an impressive holding midfielder for Celtic, but expecting him to adjust his game to become somewhat of a deep-lying play-maker like Steven Gerrard is beyond his ability.

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