COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Football Insider names the Celtic player of the year for 2016.

The Bhoys captain Scott Brown swoops the accolade for the best player as he once again showed how important he is to the side.

The 31-year-old has continued to be the main driving force behind the club’s success and has had a fantastic 2016, lifting the Scottish Premiership title and the League Cup.

Celtic forward Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele have both had stunning runs of form, but the consistency of Brown sets him apart from he rest of the squad.

The central midfielder is an ever present in the starting line up and played a crucial role in the club’s league title, which they lifted in May this year.

He shows complete composure in possession and rarely gives a bad performance in a Celtic shirt.

Brown has continued to grow under manager Brendan Rodgers and formed a strong midfield partnership alongside Stuart Armstrong and Tom Rogic.

The Scotsman leads example to the rest of the team and has already made 30 appearances this season across all competitions.

He is a dream for any manager and is a big reason behind Celtic’s 11-point lead over Rangers at the top of the league table this campaign.

Brown has made a colossal 392 appearances for Celtic and is arguably performing at his greatest ever standards.

The midfielder is an icon to all of the players in the dressing room and has been outstanding during 2016.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has identified the importance of this 24-year-old after the victory against Dundee.