Scott Brown has revealed that he had a farewell conversation with Brendan Rodgers.
On Monday the Irishman took training as normal at Lennoxtown, preparing for the game against Hearts at Tynecastle while his mind was on an overnight journey to Leicester.
There was no big announcement, no emotional farewell to staff and players as Rodgers pushed through his departure leaving the Celtic players high and dry on Tuesday morning.
By tea-time Brown was slaughtering Neil Lennon’s undertaker dress sense as the manager who revived his career and delivered seven medals to his collection settled into his new job 300 miles down the road.
It was a remarkable chain of events but after full points were secured at Tynecastle the Celtic skipper revealed that there had been a final conversation with the new boss of Leicester.
Speaking to the Daily Record Brown revealed:
“I spoke to Brendan. I wished him all the best. He’s been unbelievable for me. I was written off this season, the season before, the season before, the season before….
“I just keep coming back. For me, he was unbelievable. He realised that I still had a couple of years left in my legs and he put a lot of faith in me and a lot of trust.
“It’s been very hard losing a top quality manager. But it’s a top quality manager who has come in. We are all going to miss Brendan. He’s been fantastic for this club.
“For me, the club wasn’t in a great place two-and-a-half years ago. We were winning the league, but look at the football we were playing.
“Brendan re-energised the whole club. He took us in to the Champions League these last few years as well.
“For me personally, it was sad to see him leave. But we have another great manager coming in who will build on what Brendan has done and hopefully keep it going until the end of the season.”
There is no let up for Brown and Lennon as they prepare for Easter Road on Saturday as attention switches to the Scottish Cup.
— Celtic news now (@Celticnewsnow) February 28, 2019