Brendan Rodgers says that new Fleetwood Town manager Scott Brown was the perfect example of a captain during his time at Celtic, adding that the midfielder had the ability and mentality to play for any top club in the Premier League.
In their years together as boss and skipper at Parkhead, Rodgers and Brown ruled the roost in Scotland delivering incredible success.
While Rodgers left Glasgow to take charge of Leicester in 2019, 36-year-old Brown moved into his first managerial position at League One outfit Fleetwood last week following a spell at Aberdeen as player/coach.
“Scott Brown was so underrated as a player. You’d have to work with him on a daily basis to get a true sense of his value,” says Rodgers.
“From the outside looking in he looks like this guy who never smiles. He’s always got a frown and he likes to wind people up.
“He’s the pantomime villain, but it’s not until you work with him that you see he is a totally different person to that guy.
“You see his commitment and he is an absolute true legend of Celtic.”
Offering an insight into what Brown will expect from his team as a manager, Rodgers added: “This guy would play games against Barcelona and come back and travel up to the Highlands, with all due to respect to Inverness or Ross County, and still be at the same level of mentality and concentration.
“To do that for such a long period of time and over so many games, I actually can’t speak highly enough of him as a footballer.
“This guy could have played in any of the top teams in England because his football was underrated, how he received the ball and how he passed the ball and he was a competitor who could see the game.
“When we were playing a tactical game he could play at the level.
“For me he was a joy and I was very fortunate to have him as a captain. He was the perfect example of a captain. Selfless.
“He looked after the changing room for me and on the pitch he was brilliant.”