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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Brown: Celtic have matured under Rodgers

Celtic captain Scott Brown
Celtic captain Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown believes Brendan Rodgers' tactical influence will become more and more apparent over the coming months.

Brown has credited the Celtic boss with maturing the team as well as improving their tactical knowledge, fitness and football.

The 31-year-old himself has looked a transformed player this season, although an extended summer break also helped after hamstring problems dogged him earlier in the year. The midfielder is feeling so good about his game that he is set to perform a U-turn and return to the Scotland fold less than three months after announcing his international retirement.

Brown also admits that he could not have foreseen Celtic's season going so well that they could go 10 points clear by beating Aberdeen at Pittodrie today (live Sky Sports 5, kick-off 12.0) in their 10th Ladbrokes Premiership match. "Probably not, and that's pretty much down to the manager and the way he has laid down his philosophy," said the midfielder, before it emerged he was on his way back to the Scotland fold.

"It was always going to be hard at the start of the season with so many games in the Champions League, but as soon as we got that out the way and got into the Champions League, we worked on how to play out from the back and his game plan more than anything. It is starting to work, it is starting to show on the park. The movement and ball control we have got and the possession has been really good and it's been what he has been wanting."

He added: "I think the team is maturing, we are learning when someone is out of position you fill in for your mate, where to go to receive the ball, where the gaffer doesn't want you to be as well, how to press high up the park where we all should be."

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