Callum McGregor has raved about the quality of Celtic captain Scott Brown and believes he’s often overlooked for his ability on the ball.
Brown is the Celtic skipper who is recognised for being an immense leader at Parkhead and a driving force in the XI with his passion.
But the 34-year-old central midfielder is much more than just a vocal captain, as even at his age he’s still a mainstay in Neil Lennon’s side and been a talisman since he joined the Scottish giants in 2007.
Brown has played 50 games across all competitions already this season, which contributes towards his overall record of 566 appearances for the Hoops.
He’s chipped in with five goals so far this campaign, plus he usually dominates play in the centre of the park and can get his team on the front foot.
McGregor named current teammate Brown as the player best player he’s ever played with, despite acknowledging Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
“The person I see perform at the highest level every single day is Broony (Brown),” McGregor said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“He does it every day in training and in games. His mentality is always the same. For me to work so closely with him, I see his attitude and the way he drives other people on. He’s always got the highest standards.
“His footballing ability gets overlooked a lot as well. You don’t play for Celtic for over 10 years and wear the captain armband and not be a top player. He’s played in all these European games and he’s a top footballer as well. For me, to be that consistent over a period of 14 or 15 years shows that he’s a top player.”
Brown is a player that is hated outside of Celtic, but those at Parkhead certainly adore him and it can’t be understated what a legacy he will be leaving at the club as captain.
The veteran midfielder has formed a great partnership alongside McGregor in recent years and the combination has worked so effectively this season as a pivot in front of the back four.
McGregor, 26, has already made 274 appearances for Celtic and he looks like the natural successor to Brown for when he eventually retires.