CELTIC skipper Scott Brown has urged the Hoops fans to forgive Brendan Rodgers who quit the champions for Leicester City in February.

And the 33-year-old midfielder, who has the opportunity to guide the club to their eighth successive title against Aberdeen at Pittodrie this afternoon, hopes the supporters welcome the Irishman back to the club for a future game.

Brown, speaking to the Sun, said: “For me, he was unbelievable. He made the last two-and-a-half years of my career so exciting.

“He pushed me on to levels I’d never have hit if he hadn’t come in and put that trust and belief in me.

“I’m hoping that he could come back for a game one day and say goodbye properly — it would be amazing.

“I think when people look back in 10 years’ time they will see how well he did.

“They’ll look at his record here, competing for seven trophies and winning all seven, they’ll see it’s not a bad record.

“We also managed to change the way we played under Brendan.

“We maybe weren’t the best team to watch in the past, but Brendan came in and took all the criticism of us trying to play out from the back.

“Now everyone wants us to play out from the back in every single game and that’s down to that man taking the time and patience and settling the club down.”

Brown added: “I think I’m enjoying every single game more. Knowing I am coming towards the end of my career does that.

“To be playing, whether it’s games in training or games in front of 60,000 people, is important.

“I’m playing with a smile on my face, I’m more relaxed when it comes to keeping the ball. If I score a goal, I score a goal.

“If someone else scores the goal and we win, I’m delighted.

“Every game now is just about helping my team-mates out and savouring things more. There are memories that will always stay with me.

“Aberdeen has always been a hard place to go. We just hope it’s a bit sunnier than usual and the pitch is nice.”

Neil Lennon took over following Rodgers’ sharp exit and helped the team to a crucial 2-1 win over Hearts at Tynecastle on February 17 only 24 hours after accepting the role in an interim capacity.

He returned to Edinburgh three days later to lead the holders to a crucial 2-0 Scottish Cup quarter-final victory over his former team Hibs at Easter Road.

After overcoming Aberdeen 3-0 in the semi-final, the Hoops now face Hearts at Hampden on May 25 in the showpiece showdown with the chance of completing a phenomenal treble treble.


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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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