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Bhoys will benefit from Brown's Scotland retirement: Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers has backed Scott Brown's retirement from international football and believes it will help his Celtic career.

The 31-year-old former Scotland captain announced his decision in a statement released by the SFA in order "to prolong his club career after recovering from injury".

Brown, capped 50 times, has been in fine form under Rodgers this season and, after the 5-2 Champions League play-off first-leg win over Hapoel Be'er Sheva on Wednesday night, the Hoops boss said the midfielder was good enough to play in the English Premier league.

Rodgers spoke to Brown about his Scotland decision and ahead of today's Ladbrokes Premiership clash at St Johnstone, the Ulsterman said: "I think it is the right decision, a very difficult decision. We talked in general. It was in his mind. I think he spoke to (Scotland coach) Gordon (Strachan) a few months back.

"I have been really impressed by Scott as a footballer and equally as a person. He is in the final chapter of his career, he has still got a number of years in him. He will want to give those best times to Celtic."

Rodgers is looking to meet up with compatriot Tommy Wright today. He said: "I don't know Tommy that well.

"I look at fellow countrymen like him, Neil (Lennon), Michael (O'Neill) and I like to see them do well and I think he has done a good job at St Johnstone."

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