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'He’s got better' - McNamara raves about Celtic player who has improved under Rodgers

Former Celtic captain Jackie McNamara has saluted the contribution made by current Hoops captain Scott Brown, particularly since Brendan Rodgers took over at Parkhead.

McNamara believes the 32-year-old adds a calmness and composure to the side, and that he has been the Hoops’ best player since Rodgers became the manager at Celtic Park.

“You can see the calmness in the defenders as well when he plays. He helps them and organises the rest of the team,” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“He’s got better with age and I think last year was his best year for Celtic under Brendan. He’s been equally as good this year. There’s a real difference in him playing under Brendan, especially in terms of his fitness.”

Brown’s career with the Hoops looked to be in doubt after knee issues plagued his career, but since the arrival of Rodgers, he has been like a player reborn for the Hoops.

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McNamara is bang on the money about Brown, he is the player who makes the Hoops tick. His contribution to the side was magnified in the recent 3-2 win at Ibrox, when the Hoops were reduced to 10 men he went round to every player with instructions from the Hoops boss and the team responded as they went on to record a famous victory. Brown has undeniably become of the most important players at the club in many years, and as his career begins to wind down the enormity of the task when it comes to replacing the player will begin to come into view, as when he retires he will be very badly missed by the Hoops.

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