CHRIS SUTTON believes Brendan Rodgers would be ‘off his head’ if he was to keep Scott Brown on the bench when he returns to full fitness.
There has been an argument for keeping the squad unchanged with the recent run of results showing Callum McGregor in Brown’s role can work very well.
However, the former Celtic striker believes while Brown is at the club he should always have a place in the starting XI. Sutton cannot imagine a Celtic team that goes into a cup final and important away days without their captain.
While it would be harsh for any Celtic star to be dropped in order to bring Brown straight back into the team, it does make sense you want Brown in the heart of midfield for some intense battles.
Not just that but having the player on the field is a big phycological boose in these sorts of games. As captain, Brown has overseen every single one of Brendan Rodgers cup and league wins. His intensity in the huddle to get the bhoys ready and his fearlessness spreads through to others.
Writing in his RecordSport Column about the Celtic captain, Sutton was certain he has to start once fit.
“When it gets going again after the international break, Celtic have an away tie in Europe against Rosenborg, they have a Betfred Cup Final, they have trips to Pittodrie and Ibrox before the turn of the year.
“These are games which are made for Brown.”
Celtic have eleven games between next Saturday at Hamilton and their trip to Ibrox at the end of the year. It’s going to be hectic for all involved.