Noel Whelan has been left head over heels with the way Celtic midfielder Scott Brown has handled the pressure of another title hunt at Parkhead.
The former Aberdeen hitman, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 34-year-old has something that money cannot buy in his experience and level-headedness.
The Hoops sit 10 points ahead of second-placed Rangers in the chase for the Premiership title, a win over Aberdeen on Sunday meaning Neil Lennon’s men could temporarily extend their lead to 13 points.
Having played a major role in the club’s recent title-winning seasons, Whelan says that you cannot underestimate the veteran’s impact both on and off the pitch.
Asked how important it is to have experienced characters when chasing a title, Whelan told Football Insider: “Oh, look, invaluable. You can’t buy that into a football club, you can only get it from players who have played in that football club for years and years.
“He knows what it’s all about and you talk about players knowing what pressure is all about, he knows what that club demands and it’s winning, it’s winning trophies no matter what.
“You’ve got to know how to deal with that and cope with that sort of pressure to get through games. In that huddle before games, he’ll be demanding that from every single player.”
Brown has played in every single one of the club’s Premiership fixtures this season, failing to see out the full 90 minutes in just two of their 26 top-flight outings.
He has a total of 560 Celtic appearances under his belt, with nine league titles, five Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups to his name.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED the Hoops have picked up a £14.5million windfall this season.