Scott Brown names which Celtic favourite he hopes will stay this summer

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown is hoping manager Brendan Rodgers stays at Parkhead this summer, amid links with the vacant Arsenal job. The Hoops won the domestic treble in Rodgers’ first season are on course to repeat the feat a year later.

Celtic retained the Scottish League Cup in November, beating Motherwell 2-0 at Hampden Park, and recently booked their place in the Scottish Cup final following a 4-0 win over Rangers in the semis. They’re currently 10 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League and one game away from sealing a seventh consecutive title.

Brown believes Rodgers’ professionalism has been key to their success in the last two seasons and hopes he doesn’t leave in the coming months as a result. The 32-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic campaign on a personal note, making 51 appearances in all competitions and being named Celtic Player of the Year.

He credits Rodgers for his form but fears the fan favourite could leave for Arsenal after Arsene Wenger announced he was stepping down as manager this summer. Rodgers came within three points of winning the Premier League title with Liverpool in 2013/14 and is reportedly on the Gunners’ shortlist.

Brown said of Rodgers, in quotes reported by Sky Sports:

“The gaffer [Rodgers] has been unbelievable since he came in. The way he wants to play and the way we set up, everything is so professional now.

 It’s been fantastic for myself and everyone in that dressing room. We hope he stays, he is loving his time here and he has that seventh title to pick up as well.”

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