CELTIC skipper Scott Brown has opened up on his thoughts about the departures of Brendan Rodgers and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.

The Irishman quit as manager of the Hoops to take over at Leicester City in Februray.

And the fans’ favourite Scotland international left-back followed in August when he switched to Arsenal in a record-breaking £25million deal.

ON RODGERS, Brown, speaking to talkSPORT, said: “He is a man who knows what he wants and how he wants his team to play.

“He can put an arm around you, but he can also tell you where you need to work harder.
“Leicester have been doing fantastic this season and that is all down to Brendan and his backroom staff.

“It shows what a top quality manager he is and how lucky we were to have him.

“I think for him he’s done incredible and he’s got that belief in himself, too.”

Rodgers has led the Midlands outfit to second top of the Premier League behind leaders Liverpool following Manchester City’s slip at Anfield at the weekend.


ON TIERNEY, Brown added: “He showed his qualities at Celtic and that is why Arsenal wanted him.

“For me, it was sad to see him go, he was a great player and a great friend, as well. But it was the right time.

“He will kick-on and he’ll show everyone what a top quality player he is over the next six months.

“He is a fantastic full-back. He’s got every single thing you could ask for.

“He’s got pace, he’s got strength and he’s got that willingness to win, as well.”

Tierney has had to bide his time since the move south and has made only seven first-team appearances under manager Unai Emery who is under mounting pressure following five successive games without a win.

The 22-year-old defender underwent a double hernia operation in the summer and missed a chunk of the Hoops’ historic run-in in to the unprecedented treble treble.

Jonny Hayes was in the No.3 position when Neil Lennon’s men beat Hearts 2-1 in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden on May 25 to make history.



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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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