Rodgers points to key factor after Brown signs new deal

Date published: Monday 11th September 2017 4:37 - Matthew Briggs

Brendan Rodgers has praised Celtic captain Scott Brown after he signed a new two-year deal.

The Scotland international is in his 10th year as a Celtic player, and has agreed to extend his stay by a further two years after leading Brendan Rodgers’ ‘invincibles’ to a domestic treble last season.

Defender Jozo Simunovic has also signed a new contract, with his four-year deal set to keep him at the club until 2021.

Rodgers was thrilled to have secured the futures of the two first-teamers and while he praised Brown’s character and consistency he also paid tribute to his tactical nous.

“I am delighted for both,” he said. “Scott has been a great captain here over many years and certainly in the period I have been here, he has consistently played at a very high level.

“We were talking towards the end of last season and it was a case of just getting the Champions League qualification out of the way and hoping to get something agreed.

“So I am absolutely delighted because he is a very important figure for us on and off the field and I have been delighted at his performance level and how tactically he has been playing the game.

“Jozo is a young player that, obviously there was a focus on his injury past, but this is a great arena for him to play and he is in an environment where he needs that development and once he is fit and trains and plays consistently he is an outstanding talent.”

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