Scotland manager Alex McLeish has raved about Celtic captain Scott Brown after he announced his retirement from international football on Monday.
Brown, 32, has decided to quit the international team for the second time in his career after doing a U-turn two months after his original decision in 2016.
He was quoted by BBC Sport as confirming that he had held talks with McLeish over the weekend before announcing the major news on Monday.
The 55-capped midfielder now appears to be solely focusing on his career at Celtic Park, which would no doubt be a major boost for Brendan Rodgers as he aims to continue the Bhoys’ stranglehold on Scottish football by sealing a second domestic treble in a row over the coming months.
Now, former Rangers manager McLeish has heaped praise on Brown after his decision to quit the Tartan Army, saying that he fully understands why he has done it.
“I have known Scott for a long time – I gave him his first competitive Scotland cap – and I know how difficult this decision has been for him,” said McLeish in a statement that was quoted by BT Sport.
“Scott gave his all every time he represented his nation and his influence on the squad is immeasurable – he led by example both on and off the pitch and set the tone amongst the squad.
“He has been a shining example for the younger players in the squad and an influential figure in the dressing room.”
Brown has been instrumental to Celtic’s success over the years.
Even though he is 32-years-of-age, the former Hibernian star has showed absolutely no signs of slowing down and is widely seen as the player who makes the Bhoys tick in what is one of their most successful periods in domestic football ever.
He has made made 43 appearances in all competitions this season and now looks as though he will be able to remain fresh for the closing months of the campaign as he will miss Scotland’s friendlies against Costa Rice and Hungary in March.