Brown has retired from international football for the second time after winning 55 caps for Scotland.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers feels midfielder Scott Brown has made a "real, real sensible decision" to retire from international football and believes Scotland's loss will be the Hoops' gain. 

Brown says it's always been a "huge honour" to play for his country. 

He reversed a decision to end his international career under Gordon Strachan in 2016 - but has called it a day once again.

And Rodgers feels Brown returned to the international fold, because it was his ex Celtic boss requesting him. 

“I think the last time he went back it was probably for Gordon, to help someone he was very close to.

“But for him and his career going forward, he wants to prolong his career at club level and, with the amount of games we have at club level, taking away international football, it is a real, real sensible decision.”

 

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Alex McLeish was re-appointed as Scotland boss for a second time 10 days ago and was told by the 32-year-old that he wants focus on his family and to look after his own body.

“I have known Scott for a long time — I gave him his first competitive Scotland cap — and I know how difficult this decision has been for him.

“Scott gave his all every time he represented his nation and his influence on the squad is immeasurable — he led by example both on and off the pitch and set the tone amongst the squad.

“He has been a shining example for the younger players in the squad and an influential figure in the dressing room.”