Goalkeeper Scott Bain has paid tribute to captain Scott Brown after a difficult week for Celtic fans and players, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
Brendan Rodgers walked out on the club last week to join Leicester City leaving everyone in shock and contemplating a difficult double header in Edinburgh against Hearts and Hibernian.
Neil Lennon was appointed manager until the end of the season and backed by coaches John Kennedy and Damien Duff has led the team to two victories from two.
It’s a fantastic way to forget all about the new Foxes boss, but that trio are not the only ones that need to be thanked for holding the squad together.
Bain reckons Brown has played a big part too.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the Hoops number one said:
This club would be a different place without Broony. He does so much for the boys here.
He keeps us together and drives us through in training and demands the highest standards. He is massive for the club, regardless of what has been going on outside the changing room.
Guys like him and Jamesy [Forrest] are important here, no matter the circumstances at this football club.
To come to Hibs and win is great. We’ve obviously had to come to Edinburgh for two difficult games. But the boys have shown unbelievable character, and most of all quality, to come through with two wins.
It has been a tough few days mentally as well as physically.
It’s no surprise that Brown was heavily involved in goals in both matches, first assisting Odsonne Edouard’s Hearts winner with a sumptuous cross before banging in his third goal of the season to seal the cup win against former club Hibs.
He’s not only a leader off the pitch but on it too, to the delight of Celtic supporters everywhere.
We really are lucky to have such a towering presence as captain at the club. Brown signing a new contract could prove to be the most important business we’ve done for a while, especially as we look for continuity in the wake of Rodgers’ exit.