Deila believes Celtic captain Scott Brown has ability to play in Premier League

Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes skipper Scott Brown would be good enough to play in the Premier League.

Ronny Deila spoke to the media ahead of his side's trip to face Ross County this weekend, and heaped praise on captain Scott Brown - even suggesting that the 29-year-old would be good enough to play for a top four team in the Premier League.

"You can always rely on Scott," said Deila, as reported in the Daily Mail. "He almost never makes a defensive mistake. He is like a dog in the midfield. He chases and if people make mistakes, he is there at once. Every team needs a player like that."

"I think if Scott Brown wanted to move, he would get a lot of clubs. Top four in the English Premier? I think he could adapt to whatever level he was going to," added the Norwegian.

Brown, who has 42 caps for Scotland, joined Celtic back in 2007 having impressed with rivals Hibernian, and has now made over 300 appearances for Celtic in all competitions.

Brown has never made the step over the border to English football though, and recently extended his contract at Celtic Park until 2018.

However, speculation in The Scotsman just weeks before he signed the new deal suggested that Crystal Palace were eager to land Brown in a £5m deal.

Given that his contract would have expired this summer, the new contract gives Celtic some leverage if a club does want to sign him, as they won't be forced to sell him.

With his incredible work rate, never-say-die attitude and aggression in midfield, Brown would be perfect for a team in need of an energiser in midfield, but as he is now approaching 30, the door to the Premier League is closing - and Brown is running out of time if he is to make the leap into the English top flight.

And, in truth, that's probably just what Deila and Celtic fans want; for their captain to remain the heartbeat of their side. 

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