Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has backed captain Scott Brown to excel under his stewardship at the Scottish champions.
Brown suffered with injuries and a dip in form at the end of last season and at the age of 30, some have suggested he is past his peak.
The Northern Irishman has however backed the Scotland international to emulate Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, whom he helped to adapt his game in the latter part of his career at Anfield.
Rodgers told the Sunday Post:
“I saw Scott at Hibs as a young player and I thought he was a great athlete, very mobile and competitive. He came to Celtic and is a real warrior. He’s up for every single game.”
“Towards the end of the season he was maybe hit a little bit by injury. But he’s 30 years of age and I think he’s still got his best years ahead of him.”
“When I went to Liverpool Steven Gerrard was 32. There was talk that his best days were maybe gone but Steven went on for the next two years and was brilliant for me. He was a great leader and nearly went on to pick up the title. His performance level went up.”
Rodgers has also confirmed Brown will be the club’s captain next season but he may need to adapt his game slightly in order to fit in with the new style of play.
Rodgers is known for possession-based, high tempo football and he will shape his side and bring in players who will best suit this style and philosophy.
With the bloated size of the squad and the short time period until the Champions League qualifiers in mid-July, Rodgers will have to make changes to the side quickly in order to impose his way of playing.