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BROWN BACKS ‘FANTASTIC’ EX-CELTIC BOSS

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SCOTT BROWN has applauded his former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and insisted he has the ability to get the best out of players.

The Irishman, of course, quit the champions in February when he joined Leicester City which opened the way for Neil Lennon to return to the Hoops for his second stint as manager.

Rodgers, who was sacked by Liverpool despite leading them to the Premier League runners-up position in 2014, has now guided the Midlands side to second in the English top flight, trailing eight points behind his ex-Anfield side.

After winning seven trophies in his two and a year years at Parkhead, the coach is on the shortlist for the Arsenal job following Friday’s sacking of Unai Emery.

Brown praised his former gaffer and told Sky Sports News: “He’s a fantastic manager.

“I think everyone knows he went so close with Liverpool. He’s got Leicester up to second in the league and I don’t think anyone would have thought that at the start of the season.

“They play some great football, it’s entertaining to watch and that’s what he brings to a club.

“He brings that buzz and everybody just thrives off him. He’s got a great aura about himself, he believes in what he does, and at the end of the day it’s paying off.”

Rodgers, speaking after his team’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Everton at the weekend, said: “I have a contract here until 2022 and thus far – and I know managers are losing their jobs – but the club have not indicated to me that they are going to sack me.

“I think they’re pretty happy with how we are working and, like I said, I’m very happy, and I have no reason to look elsewhere.”

 

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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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