Scott Brown has been telling the Daily Record about his days watching Patrick Vieira and Roy Keane as Celtic prepare to face Nice in Lyon this evening.
The captain will line-up against Vieira’s team tonight with the former Arsenal man now in charge of Nice.
Brown is a real Celtic stalwart and believes his game was modelled more around that of the Manchester United man that Vieira.
Nonetheless, he loved watching the pair go head-to-head with both players in their pomp.
He told the Daily Record: “Vieira was dynamite in the middle of the park. He was Arsenal’s driving force. I used to love watching the midfield battles he had with Roy Keane.
“I grew up watching those two go at it on a regular basis and I loved it, I wouldn’t say I modelled my game on him. He’s a wee bit taller than me – and a wee bit better.
“They were the leaders of the two best teams in England. The one I watched was actually Paul Scholes – although most people would say I modelled my game on Keane.”
It’s quite easy to see the similarities between Brown and all three of the players he mentions.
He has the leadership qualities of Keane, the tenacity of Vieira and a similar footballing brain to Scholes.
Of course, as Brown quite rightly says, he’s clearly not been quite as good as the trio but he’s a Celtic legend nonetheless.
Brown has been at Parkhead since 2007, signing from Hibs. He has played 566 times for the club and will hope to secure title number 10 in succession next season.
TBR View – Brown still integral
Neil Lennon will know that he needs to plan for life without Brown at some point, although right now he’ll be delighted with his skipper.
The midfield enforcer was superb last season and the experienced performer is showing no sign of letting his standards slip.
At 35, he is still very much a mainstay in Lennon’s engine room and once again Brown looks set to be one Celtic’s most important players.