SCOTT BROWN has praised chief executive Peter Lawwell for his role in making sure the swift departure of Brendan Rodgers did not derail Celtic’s challenging campaign.

The Hoops fans were rocked by last month’s defection of the manager to mid-table Leicester City at a crucial stage of the season with a trip to Hearts only 24 hours away.

There was also a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie against Hibs at Easter Road to contend with just three nights later.

The monumental change at the club could have sparked disastrous consequences, but skipper Brown applauded club supremo Lawwell for his quick reaction in bringing in Neil Lennon.

The returning Irishman steadied the ship and a stoppage-time goal gave the team a 2-1 victory at Tynecastle and they followed that up with a 2-0 success across Edinburgh in the Cup with strikes from James Forrest and Brown.

IN CHARGE…Peter Lawwell and chairman Iain Bankier in the Parkhead stand.

Now the club can move THIRTEEN points ahead in the Premiership as they prepare for Sunday’s visit of Rangers with only seven games left to play and the eighth successive crown within touching distance.

The holders are a semi-final win against Aberdeen and a possible Scottish Cup Final obstacle away from an unprecedented treble treble.

Brown, speaking to Sky Sports News, said: “I think Peter dealt with that really well.

“He knew Brendan was leaving and there was also another man who had left Hibs just at the right time.

“It turned out to be a great opportunity and it’s been great to have Neil back.

“It’s been an easy transition for us and that’s down to the way Peter dealt with it.

“Neil’s been fantastic the last four or five games and he’s spurred the lads on in the dressing room with his team talks.

“He’s happy to be back here, he loves it and
the passion he’s got for Celtic and for football is brilliant and it’s showing out there on the field.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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