By Matt Bullin
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on Scott Brown, comparing him to Chelsea star N’Golo Kante.
The Welshman’s comments come after Brown was overlooked in the PFA Scotland Player of the Year shortlist, although his team-mates Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele and Stuart Armstrong were all listed.
The 31-year-old was also forgotten by his own teammates and fans as the Hoops announced their Club Player of the Year and their Players Player of the Year – with Scott Sinclair picking up both awards.
The Bhoys skipper has arguably played the best football of his career this season, making 51 appearances across all competitions.
Kante, who signed for Chelsea for £30million last summer, recently won the England’s PFA Player of the Year, and Rodgers was quick to compare the Frenchman to Brown.
Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Rodgers said: “I look at Kante down south, a central midfield player who is not flash and does the dirty work, but does it to a real top level. For us up here, I think that’s what Scott Brown does.
“I don’t know how he was last year, but consistently over 50 games this season, he has been a top performer.
“But it is a great energy, a positive energy. He is selfless. He does everything for the team. I couldn’t put a valuation on him. He is priceless for me.”
Brown has captained his side to a Scottish Premiership title and a Scottish League Cup, though a treble is a distinct possibility with a Scottish Cup final versus Aberdeen on the horizon.
The 52-time Scotland international featured for the full 90 minutes last time out as the Hoops battered Rangers 5-1 at Ibrox, to move 36 points clear of their Glasgow rivals.
The win was Celtic’s biggest away Old Firm win since 1897, when they won 4-0, and it was the first time the club had scored five at Ibrox.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has issued Rangers a massive warning ahead of next season.