The Hoops skipper scooped the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award yesterday for the second time – with the legendary Swede the only other man achieve the same feat.
Brown won his second PFA Scotland Player of the Year award
Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow
Brendan Rodgers’ side lifted their seventh consecutive title on the trot after a 5-0 win over Old Firm rivals Rangers.
A double from Odsonne Edouard and strikes from James Forrest, Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor sealed a big win for the Hoops at Parkhead.
Hartson said: “Scott Brown, the way he has captained the team over the last two years, he has led by example.
“I’m not being disrespectful but I think he’s been the best player by a country mile.
Henrik Larsson is the only other man to have achieved the same feat
“He’s pivotal to Brendan Rodgers because when Scott Brown players, Celtic just seem to go up a gear.
“We had a player like that in Henrik. When Henrik played we all knew we had a chance. When Scott Brown plays, people look at him and he inspires others around him as well.
“I think he’s a natural leader. It’s not easy to lead. Leading is not about grabbing people by the scruff of the neck in the dressing room or headbutting the walls when you go out.
“Leading is doing it and people follow you. People follow leaders. He just goes and does it.”
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Brown wasn’t at the award ceremony after jetting out to Tenerife with his team-mates following their title success.
But he thanked a number of people in a statement on the Celtic website.
He said: “It is very humbling to be voted the player of the year and I would like to thank all my fellow professionals who voted for me.
“It’s been said before, but my team-mates, manager and backroom staff are a huge part of this award.
“Everything we do at Celtic we do together. We win, lose or draw together and we win this award together.
Hartson says Brown is pivitol to Rodgers’ side
“Our fans have been a huge part of this. They have backed us brilliantly again and this award is for the whole club.”
Kieran Tierney landed the Young Player of the Year award for the third year running and also landed the goal of the season award for his thunderbolt against Kilmarnock.
He added:”Once again this season we have been a real team and fought for everything together so this award is for my team-mates too.
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“We have shown a real togetherness and across a really long season have given everything to bring our fans the success which their support deserves.
“Sunday was another great day for the club and one I will remember for a long time.
“It was a perfect example of the way we stay together as a team and give our all for the fans.”