Brendan Rodgers backs Scott Brown's international retirement

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in action

The Celtic midfielder decided to bring an end to his international retirement on Friday.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has backed captain Scott Brown’s decision to retire from international football, speaking to the club's official website. 

The midfielder elected to bring his international career to an end on Friday after deciding that he can no longer cope with the demands of domestic, European and international games.

His retirement brings about an end to an 11-year spell playing for Scotland, during which he made 50 appearances and scored four goals.

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in actionScotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in action

Manager Gordon Strachan was quick to insist he understands the decision, and Rodgers has also now backed his captain’s move.

“I think it’s the right decision for him,” he told the club’s official website.

“He’s into that final chapter of his career and he’ll want to give those best times to Celtic. When you’ve been a player playing 60-70 games a season over the last few years, you need to look after your body.”

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goalCeltic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goal

It now remains to be seen whether the decision does prove to be a smart one for Brown and indeed Celtic in the near future.

This season in particular is one in which they will need him to be at his best, with their dominance of Scottish football set to be seriously threatened by Rangers' return to the top flight.

Coupled with a return to European football, and Rodgers will be hoping that the extra time off that his captain will have has a positive effect on his side’s performances moving forward.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

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