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Chris Sutton prefers Scott Brown over Callum McGregor for Celtic

Scott Brown of Celtic is seen during the Scott Brown testimonial match between Celtic and Republic of Ireland XI at Celtic Park on May 20, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic handed Callum McGregor a new deal on Friday.

Scott Brown of Celtic challenges Andre Ramalho of RB Salzburg during the UEFA Europa League Group B match between Celtic and RB Salzburg at Celtic Park on December 13, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Chris Sutton has told The Record that he is delighted over Celtic's decision to hand Callum McGregor a new deal - but still feels that Scott Brown is a better candidate for that midfield role.

Celtic announced on Friday that McGregor had committed his future to the Scottish Premiership champions until 2023.


It was a no-brainer by the Hoops to sign him up, given his heroics in recent months.

The 25-year-old has slotted into the deep-lying midfield position that Brown made his own for many years at Parkhead, adding an extra dimension to Brendan Rodgers's side.


Even since coming back from injury, Brown, who turns 34 in June, hasn't been able to displace his team-mate.

The Celtic captain won virtually everything last term on an individual and collective basis, having picked up a number of end-of-season individual awards after leading the team to a second successive domestic treble.

And although Sutton feels as if McGregor is excellent value for his extension, he reckons Brown is a better player for that specific role.

He told The Record: "McGregor’s new deal at Parkhead is good business. He’s a manager’s dream given his versatility.

"I know some fans love him in the Scott Brown role because he speeds up the game but I still think he’s more effective further forward and Brown is stronger defensively.

"But there is no doubt McGregor has made himself one of the first names on Rodgers’s teamsheet because he performs to such a high level wherever role he takes on."

16th December 2018, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Celtic; Scott Brown of Celtic slide tackles Stevie Mallan of Hibernian

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