Chris Sutton believes that Scott Brown has been so important to the Celtic team this season that they would have dragged into a title race if he wasn’t in the side.

The Hoops are 10 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and on the verge of completing another domestic treble, and Sutton believes that is down to Brown dragging an underperforming Hoops side through matches.

“Brown doesn’t just make Celtic tick – he is this Celtic team this season. Brown is dragging the club towards another Treble” Sutton said in his column in the Daily Record.

“Celtic would not be where they are in the table or in the Scottish Cup without their captain. It’s as simple as that.

“Without him I honestly believe there would be a title race going into the final few weeks of the season.”

Brown has been in the news recently after a dreadful challenge by Ross County’s Andrew Davies left him fortunate not to suffer a serious injury in the recent league match between the teams.

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The 32-year-old managed to recover from the incident though, and is set to lead the Hoops against Hamilton on Sunday.

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Sutton might be being as outspoken as usual, but it is hard to argue with his comments here, as Brown, along with James Forrest, have been the stand-out performers for the Hoops this season. The Bhoys haven’t played well at times this season, and Forrest and more recently Brown have been the players which have guided the Hoops towards what would be an incredible second successive domestic treble. If the Hoops are to make history, they will need Brown to be at his cajoling best, driving his team-mates on to improve their performances and push on to glory, and he is more than capable of doing that.

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