Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he is pleased for Celtic that Hoops captain Scott Brown has decided to once again retire from international duty.
The 32-year-old made the announcement, as reported by BBC Sport, after discussions with new Scotland manager Alex McLeish.
Rodgers gave his thoughts on Brown’s announcement, as quoted on the official club Twitter account.
“He’s been a wonderful player for Scotland and a real inspirational captain,” Rodgers said, before outlining the benefits of Brown’s decision for the Hoops.
“It’s great news for Celtic because we have someone who is fresh after international breaks and we’ll benefit from that.”
????️ BR: "He’s been a wonderful player for Scotland and a real inspirational captain. It’s great news for Celtic because we have someone who is fresh after international breaks and we’ll benefit from that."
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 26, 2018
Brown has been a massive success at Celtic Park since joining the club from Hibernian for a fee of £4.4million in May 2007. He has won seven league titles, three Scottish Cups and three League Cups in a trophy laden decade.
The player’s time as captain has seen him lead the Bhoys in countless high-profile matches both at home and in Europe.
His importance to the club was felt as recently as Sunday’s 2-0 win over Aberdeen, when in a must-win game he grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck and drove the Hoops on to victory.
With his international career now over, Brown can concentrate on captaining the Hoops to what would be an unprecedented second consecutive domestic treble.
The Bhoys return to league action on Wednesday night against Dundee, before they take on Morton in the Scottish Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
In other Celtic news, fans have given their verdict on Brown’s announcement