Brendan Rodgers selects Scott Brown in his ultimate Celtic XI

Scott Brown Celtic Captain shakes the hand of Manager Brendan Rodgers at the end of the match during the UEFA Champions League Qualifying Third Round,First Leg match between Celtic and...

Celtic skipper Scott Brown has spent over a decade at the club and is set to win an eighth league title this term.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Manager Brendan Rodgers recently provided the Hoops' fans with his Ultimate Celtic XI for CelticTV which included many star names in the likes of Jimmy Johnstone, Henrik Larsson, Paul McStay and Tommy Burns, with only one current Bhoy making it into the Northern Irishman's side. 

Of course, that player was none other than his current captain and longest serving player at the club, Scott Brown, who he branded 'unique' throughout his time managing his boyhood club.

Brown has spent nearly 11 seasons at Celtic Park since joining from Hibernian in 2007 and has spent most of that time as the club captain. With close to 500 appearances to his name, there are not many players who will go down in history as having contributed more to the club than Brown, who is closing in on an eighth league title with the Hoops. 

Speaking to Celtic TV on 13 April 2018, Rodgers heaped praise on his skipper, and had the following to say about the 32-year-old veteran: "In my time [at Celtic] he's been unique really, Scott Brown. In terms of what he's given to the team on the field, his leadership qualities are there for all to see, I think he's shown that he's a better player than people maybe give him credit for.

Scott Brown of Celtic celebrates at the final whistle as Celtic beat Rangers 4-0 during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 15, 2018 in...

"Brown is the type of player that, only when his time has gone, that he'll really be judged fairly."

What has arguably been the most impressive aspect of Brown's career, is the level he is currently managing to maintain, having suffered such bad injury problems throughout his years as a pro. 

The Celtic skipper has endured a fair amount of time on the sidelines due to knee and back problems which simply did not look like they were going to go away. However, having managed to fight back to fitness each time, Brown is arguably enjoying the peak of his career at 32, several years later than the average footballer. 

Each time a big game comes around, you can be certain that Brown will deliver, most recently in his side's 4-0 victory over Rangers in the Scottish Cup in which the Gers' midfield simply could not handle his intensity. 

Players like Brown do not come around too often, and Rodgers will be pleased that his skipper chose to join the Hoops over Rangers all those years ago. As the manager suggested, it is perhaps only once the veteran decides to hang up his boots that he will be fully appreciated as a footballer, having been somewhat underrated for most of his career so far. 

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