By Derek Smithson
Terry Butcher believes that Celtic captain Scott Brown is good enough to play for any side in the Premier League.
The 31-year-old has played his entire career in Scottish football with Hibernian and Celtic, meaning he has never tested himself in the English league.
He captained the Bhoys to an unbeaten domestic treble last season under Brendan Rodgers and is recognised as a highly talented central midfielder.
Brown is likely to be involved on Saturday for Scotland as they face England in a World Cup qualifier and could come up against some of the Premier League stars in the of form of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
Butcher is adamant that Brown has the qualities to play for any of the elite sides in the Premier League including the top seven of Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Everton.
“He’s an enforcer but he’s also a passer of the ball,” Butcher said, as quoted by BBC Sport. “If he was given a specific role he’s got the ability mentally and physically to cope with that.
“You look at players in his position in the top four sides, the top six sides – and there is now looking like a top six or seven in England – he could handle that quite comfortably.”
Brown has racked up 416 appearances during his time with Celtic and has become a serial winner.
The combative midfielder is renowned for his physical presence in the centre of the park and is also quality in possession.
He has been used as a right winger during his career, but is most recognised for his central role.
In other Celtic news, the club’s 19-year-old is desperate for a first team chance next season.