Callum McGregor has come out and rubbished some of the claims being made by a few Celtic fans about one of his teammates.
As the Celtic team have not quite clicked into gear in some recent matches in performance terms there is always speculation and discussion to work out why. The Celtic captain is approaching the end of his playing career and his full on approach in the middle of the pitch means he is very much in the spotlight when the inquisitions are underway.
Can he still do it at 35? Has he lost his pace? Are his legs gone? And plenty of suggestions that we should see David Turnbull start in his place, even if that’s not a direct positional swap.
Callum McGregor has been talking about Broony in the Daily Record. As his vice captain and a player who is close by him on the pitch, he should have a decent view on the skipper, his performances and fitness.
He sure does. McGregor is very confident that Broony is still very much on his game and deserving of his place in the team. He also talks about Brown as a leader and what he brings to the team:
"“He’s immense. He’s absolutely immense He’s 35 but he’s probably the fittest in the team.“He drives everybody on. He’s absolutely excellent. His influence for us never ever wavers.“Sometimes, as he’s getting older, people just see one missed tackle maybe or maybe one change of pace that’s not right in the game, and because of his age they try to throw that at him.“Playing in there beside him, I can tell you that he hasn’t lost a yard. He’s always the fittest guy on the pitch, he’s the fittest in training and he drives the standards.“He’s been excellent, but certainly in the last couple of games he’s really shown his mettle again and shown why he’s such a top player.“He’s just been a leader from day one, and he’s driving that through the whole squad. If you don’t watch that and learn from it then you’re missing a trick in my book.“Everything he does, I watch it and try to learn from it. He’s been an incredible influence on me.”"
McGregor is pretty convinced then, his view of the skipper’s fitness and strengths is very positive. So it’s over to Broony to show on the pitch what we all know he is capable of.
He’s already well underway with that. An excellent performance in the 3-0 win over Hibernian was recognised as such by fans, Lennon and helped appease some of the critics. Broony also took further plaudits for the way he led the team to victory and through qualification against FK Sarajevo on Thursday.
Scott Brown will undoubtedly have a huge part to play for Celtic in the drive for European and domestic success, ten-in-a-row will be huge for him too. He’s definitely got lots still to offer the hoops.