Scott Brown hails Brendan Rodgers' impact on his Celtic career

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with Scott Brown as he is substituted

After struggling for form in recent seasons, Brown is unrecognisable in the midfield these days.

After 15 years in the professional game, Celtic captain Scott Brown says he is finally developing into a decent football player under Brendan Rodgers, the Sunday Sport reports.

Like many of his teammates, the experienced enforcer struggled for form last season under Ronny Deila but the arrival of the former Swansea City and Liverpool boss has revitalised the 31-year-old.

Eyebrows were raised when Rodgers claimed that Brown would have walked into his title-chasing Liverpool side of 2013/14 but the former Scotland international has repaid his manager’s support in style with a succession of dominant performances in the centre of the park.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with Scott Brown as he is substituted

Notably, Brown completed more passes in the group stages of the Champions League than any other player, including the likes of Toni Kroos and Sergio Busquets, and the midfielder confirms that it is no fluke that Rodgers’ arrival has coincided with the most impressive form of his career.

“[Rodgers] is a great coach and has used his ability to make us better players,” Brown said in quotes reported by the Sunday Sport.

“Certainly from my own personal experience, I think he has made me tactically sharper and more aware.

Celtic's Scott Brown celebrates scoring their fifth goal

“I analyse the game for myself more now, so I’m not just running and chasing the ball and blowing my energy by 70 minutes. I try to get on the ball and try to keep the ball, and use it as best I can for the team.

“The result is I think am turning into a half-decent player which is not bad. It has only taken me about 15 years!”

Celtic's Scott Brown with Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the game

Brown has been deployed in a nominally defensive role this season, tasked with shielding the back four and distributing possession from deep as opposed to the harrying role he played in recent seasons.

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