SCOTT BROWN revealed the moment Brendan Rodgers called the player into his office to let him know he would not be continuing as Celtic manager going forward.
Brendan broke the news to Brown on Monday last week before heading out with his coaching staff to go sign with Leicester.
With so much at stake and only three months of the season to go, it was as big a shock for the players as it was for the fans and Broony getting that knowledge before anybody else must have sent his mind spinning.
Speaking to the Evening Times about an emotional week in Celtic’s history where the players stood up to be counted in two of the hardest games Scottish football has to offer, the Captain revealed his devastation but how they’ve overcome the shock.
“When Brendan first pulled me in to tell me I was devastated. It is probably the only way to describe it because he is a class manager. He was brilliant with me on a personal level and brilliant for the club and I was blown away, to be honest.” Brown told the Evening Times.
“But one of the first things that Neil Lennon said to us is that it is us as players who have had to go and show what we have got and what we are about on the pitch. And I think that is what we tried to take on board this week.
“It wasn’t the easiest of weeks but I think the manner of the two results, two big wins, have given an indication of the character that we have got within the squad. It would have been easy for us to use Brendan’s departure as an excuse for letting things slip but we haven’t done that.”
Not only did the Celtic captain help hold the squad together, but he was also pivotal in winning both games. The midfielder sending an inviting ball into the Tynecastle box at the death for Edouard to run onto and get all three points against Hearts. He would then score the second goal of the game at Easter Road in thumping fashion to make sure of Celtic’s passage to the semi-final of the competition. What a captain!