Former Ibrox captain Barry Ferguson has spoken of his admiration for the outgoing Celtic captain as he gets prepared to hang up his Hoops.

Scott will shortly leave Celtic to take up a player/coach role at Aberdeen with former Hibs teammate Stephen Glass.

The Celtic legend has dominated for a long time now and had his best spell after Brendan Rodgers came in and gave him an ultimatum; get your head in the game or your career is going to be over prematurely.

Broony kicked onto another level under Rodgers and really solidified himself as a Celtic legend throughout the quadruple treble years. Racking up trophies like they were going out of fashion.

Rival fans absolutely despise Scott Brown’s on-field persona and the fact he backed it up more often than not.

However, Barry Ferguson spoke about his respect for the outgoing Celtic captain and what he’s achieved in the game.

Quoted by RecordSport, Ferguson said: “I think he has been a fantastic player for Celtic and has improved as he got older.

“I think everybody would agree with that comment I’ve just made. I think when he first came he was a different of player.

“He was an in your face, box-to-box midfielder and as he’s got older he’s been playing that number six role and been a top performer.

“The amount of games he has played, the amount of trophies he has won, I think he deserves and excellent send off. It’s just a pity the fans won’t be there to thank him.

“I’m surprised he wasn’t given another year at Celtic. I think he will go up to Aberdeen and get a new start.

“We gave each other a few boots over the years. You go to war for 93, 94 minutes, but when it’s over and you walk up that tunnel and the respect is still there.”

Asked about what he thought about the RecordSport claim that a high ranking Ibrox official was inappropriate towards the Celtic captain in the tunnel at Ibrox recently, Ferguson spoke about respect.

“In the heat of the battle you have a wee pop at each other but after you walk up the tunnel the respect is always there, at least it certainly was on my side.”


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