With 14 trophies, more than 50 caps and a lorry load of individual plaudits, Scott Brown has enjoyed his successes but the Celtic captain hailed yesterday’s record-breaking achievement as the best of the lot.
The tally of 63 domestic games unbeaten is a British record and something that the midfielder could not have dreamed of being a part of when he joined the club a decade ago.
“It’s the main achievement for me. To do 63, to do the Treble, to be the Invincibles, it has been a great 16, 17 months. We want to maintain that and the manager won’t let us slip. That is for sure. We’ve just got to keep going. Whether it’s 45 minutes, 90 minutes or a couple of days in training. It’s about how we work.
“It’s a great honour to captain this side, to come into training every day, to play in front of our fans from the first game to the 63rd.
“The lads in the squad have been fantastic. How we’ve dug out 63 games, we’ve played some great ones, some not so great. But it’s the ones you don’t play great – like going away to Motherwell, 2-0 down at half-time and struggling – that shows you the lads’ fight and will to win.
“We’ve got a great squad, the gaffer chops and changes normally after Europe but that was the same team as for Bayern Munich.
“People thought we’d be tired but it was the complete opposite. We were looking forward to this game. We pushed ourselves during the week against a great opponent and we come and do it yet again early kick-off on Saturday. For us it is about determination, top quality management and players being willing to learn.”
Unbeaten in Scottish competitions since he took charge, manager Brendan Rodgers has been given plenty of credit for the squad’s achievements but he revealed he had gone into the dressing room after the history-making match to thank the players.
“On behalf of everyone at the club and as the manager, I just said ‘Thank you’. For everyone involved, Celtic supporters and all the staff, it was a really special day. We have broken a century-old British record that was already held by Celtic – and that is no mean feat in modern sport and football especially.
“The players have had to face everything – going behind in games and playing in big semi-finals and finals; we have been tired in games, they have played on different surfaces. Everything has been thrown at them. But they have set a mentality and standard every day. It was a proud day for everyone involved at Celtic.”