Former Celtic captain Tom Boyd has backed Scott Brown to continue playing an important role in the first team under new manager Brendan Rodgers next season.
30-year-old Brown struggled with tendonitis in both hamstrings at the end of last season and it contributed to a drop in form which has led some to question whether he is good enough to keep his place under the Northern Irishman for the new campaign.
Boyd believes Brown has enough qualities to be of tremendous help to Rodgers no matter his role next season.
He said to the Glasgow Evening Times:
“He’s 30 just now but a team across the city are signing players who are older than Scott. So he has a few years’ advantage. Scott has great experience, he’s our captain, blighted by injury a little bit last season but he knows he has to be pushing to get back to full fitness.”
On whether he will feature in Rodgers’ first team plans, Boyd says it very much depends on the type of player and the style of play that the new manager employs:
“It depends on Brendan’s philosophy is, what his type of football will be, what his formation will be but I’m sure Scott will have loads to offer both on and off the park.”
Rodgers has already had a face to face meeting with Brown at his home in London but we will have to wait until the start of the season to see how the Celtic midfielder will be deployed by the new manager.