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BROWN HAILED BY STRACHAN, LENNON

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FORMER Celtic boss Gordon Strachan hailed evergreen Scott Brown after the Hoops skipper’s display in the 3-0 win over Hibs at Parkhead yesterday.

The midfielder put in an “imperious” performance against his ex-Easter Road team, according to current gaffer Neil Lennon as praise was showered on the 35-year-old anchorman.

Strachan didn’t hesitate to break the Scottish transfer record when he spent £4.4million to take Brown to the east end of Glasgow in 2007.

And the one-time Scotland international manager was massively impressed by his signing as the champions picked up three crucial points against Jack Ross’ men with goals from Callum McGregor, Albian Ajeti and Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Strachan, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “Scott led by example and I picked him as one of my choices as Man of the Match.

“He’s seen it all and done it all before, coming back from midweek European games at 4am and then training properly.

“His attitude was fantastic and you could see him cajoling players at 2-0 up.

“If a team scores at that point, it can be difficult, but he was in there organising.

“Scott’s ability on the ball was good and had a lot to do with Celtic’s victory.”

Lennon was in agreement with his former Parkhead chief and, speaking to the Daily Record, added: “I thought he was Man of the Match and brilliant.

“I know people have been questioning him, but sometimes he takes a little bit to get going, he needs the games.

“He was imperious. His legs haven’t gone, we’ve got all the data and see it every day. That will maybe kickstart his season.

“He’s so important on and off the field, he’s the fulcrum of the team.

“His performance against Hibs was magnificent.”

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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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