The news that Scott Brown has decided to once again retire from international duty is a huge boost for Celtic as they aim to achieve back-to-back trebles at Parkhead.
Brown announced that he made the decision on Monday after speaking with newly appointed Scotland boss Alex McLeish, as quoted by BBC Sport.
The player will now solely focus on playing for the Hoops, which can bring both short and long-term benefits to the club.
For a start, he can rest-up during the international break in March, which gives him plenty of time to be fit and raring to go as the Bhoys aim to complete a second consecutive domestic treble.
Secondly, he won’t be going on Scotland’s tour of America at the end of the season, which he means he will get plenty of time off before the Hoops face their pivotal important Champions League qualifiers in July and August.
Brown is only 32-years-old, so this decision could extend his career for another year or two, which could benefit the Hoops in the long-run as they bed in Brown’s replacement – perhaps Eboue Kouassi – into the squad.
It has been suggested that when Brown doesn’t play, Celtic don’t play, and that has been proven in matches when the captain hasn’t featured, thankfully the chances of him missing matches has been drastically cut down as he can fully concentrate on the Hoops.
In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers is pleased that Brown has quit international football