Noel Whelan has heaped praise on Scott Brown following the Celtic captain’s injury blow against FC Copenhagen on Thursday evening. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker suggested that the skipper will be willing to play through the pain barrier for the Hoops, even if he is carrying a knock.

The 34-year-old was forced off with a calf strain in the 73rd minute of the Bhoys’ 1-1 draw against the Danish outfit, with no specific prognosis given on how bad the complaint is. 

However, Whelan has insisted that it will take a lot to sideline the veteran midfielder.

“We know that he’s Mister Celtic, Scott Brown,” he told Football Insider.

“He’s got a huge influence on the field, off the field, and on the training ground. Any player like that, you can’t express enough how much of a difference they make on the field.

“If he is injured for a long time, then yeah, they’re obviously going to miss Scott Brown.  He’s a warrior – even if he’s got a slight injury he’ll want to play, and Neil Lennon loves that about him.

“There are too many players out there that don’t play with niggles and scratches – he’ll go through the pain barrier for that club. That’s what I love about him, that’s what makes him such an important player.”

Brown has been a near-permanent fixture for the Hoops so far this term, making 46 appearances in all competitions.

Over the course of those matches, he has hit five goals and an assist.

In other Celtic news, Paul Robinson casts doubts over future of ‘Outstanding’ Hoops star after Copenhagen draw.