Scott Brown reportedly takes up important role after Rodgers departure

Celtic captain Scott Brown is pretty much a coach in the dressing room as he continues to help his side following Brendan Rodgers' exit.

Thats according to Hoops assistant manager John Kennedy, who says Brown sets an example in training that other players follow.

Celtic were dealt a massive blow when Rodgers walked out on them last week.

The Northern Irishman, 46, departed the club to return to the Premier League with Leicester.

Yet while it has undoubtedly been a tough week for the Scottish Premiership leaders, Kennedy - who opted to remain in Glasgow as a deputy to new manager Neil Lennon - has lauded Browns dressing-room influence.

This last week, its difficult to manage some situations, he told Celtic TV.

But when youve got a character like Scott, who is in the dressing room and controls the players the way he does when the coachs eyes are not on it, he is pretty much a coach in the dressing room.

He deals with things that dont always have to come in the managers direction and he leads by example.

In the last five, six years, Ive never seen him have a bad session, so he sets an example that a lot of other players then follow on from.

Scott Brown

At times when there might a question mark hanging over you, you know Scott Brown is one of the characters that you want alongside you.

Brown has spent 12 years at Celtic after joining in a 4.4m move from Hibernian back in 2007.

At the end of January he extended his stay at the club for another two years, signing a new deal that ended speculation over a move abroad.

And Kennedy insists putting pen to paper on that contract extension has helped Brown.

I think he always has been [crucial to the team], he said.

Obviously, a bit of speculation surrounding him this season, but I think getting his deal signed, knowing he is here for a longer period has helped him.

I think youve seen that and how he has come in, as he does, he stands up on the pitch and [makes it] count when it really matters.