By Danny Wright

3rd May, 2017 | 3:34pm

Rodgers: This Celtic ace is the most influential player in Scotland (not Dembele or Sinclair)

By Danny Wright

Brendan Rodgers believes that Celtic captain Scott Brown is the most influential player in Scottish football.

The Parkhead boss cannot understand how the 31-year-old did not make the PFA’s Scotland player of the year shortlist after putting in a series of impressive displays in his midfield this season.

PFA Scotland announced the potential winners on their official Twitter account on Tuesday.

Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele are in the running to win the award for their amazing debut seasons in Glasgow and are joined by teammate Stuart Armstrong, who has developed into one of the country’s best attacking midfielders.

Aberdeen’s Johnny Hayes also made the shortlist, but Rodgers was baffled as to how Brown didn’t come up for consideration.

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“I still can’t get away from how Scott Brown’s not on it. I really can’t,” said Rodgers on the Celtic ace, as quoted by BBC Sport.

“I don’t know what he was like in other years, but for this season, in my first season up here in Scotland, the level that this man has played at, he’s the most influential player in Scottish football.

“I can only remember him having one bad game.”

Brown has made a stunning 51 appearances across all competitions for the Hoops this season, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.

The former Hibernian man has played over 400 times for Celtic since arriving at the club in 2007 and is quickly become one of the club’s most decorated players.

Having already secured the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premiership titles, Brown is likely to lead his teammates out at Hampden Park later this month in the Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen in order to secure the domestic treble.

Celtic have five games to avoid defeat in order to end the campaign unbeaten in Rodgers’ debut season in charge.

In other Celtic news, the Scottish champions are in a serious battle with a Premier League club to sign this defender.

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