New Celtic boss confirms face-to-face meeting with player in London

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he has already held face-to-face talks with club captain Scott Brown.

The 30-year-old met the new Hoops boss over dinner at his home in London.

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Rodgers told Celtic’s official website that he was glad to to gain insight into the club from Brown:

“It was good to get his opinion on how things are and how it looks for him at the club. It was also good for me to introduce myself to him as the club captain and talk through my ideas and how I’d like to work. He’s been here a long time, so he’s been here through good times and tough times.”

Brown struggled with injuries and form at the end of last season and revealed he had to play through the pain barrier during the title run in.

In a previous interview Rodgers compared Brown to Steven Gerrard and how he has been able to help players adapt and improve as they get older, which suggests the Northern Irishman will make the midfielder a central component of his new look Celtic side next season.

Fellow midfielder Stefan Johansen has confirmed that he has spoken to Rodgers as well, and that he expects to stay at the club.

Celtic have also been linked with Liverpool’s Joe Allen although his agent openly questioned whether the Scottish club could afford the Welshman’s transfer fee and wages.