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Celtic manager's job has big appeal, says Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown
Brown has retained the Celtic captaincy under new boss Lennon

Captain Scott Brown believes Mark Hughes being linked with the manager's post at Celtic reflects the size of the Glasgow club.

Former Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City boss Hughes is currently out of work since leaving Eastlands.

"It shows you how big the appeal of Celtic is," said Brown. "It's a great club with a lot of fans as well.

"A lot of managers will want the job but at the minute (caretaker manager) Neil Lennon is doing well."

Brown, having scored twice for Scotland during the course of the campaign, broke his club duck for the season in Saturday's 3-1 win over Kilmarnock, which was Lennon's first in charge since replacing sacked Tony Mowbray.

"Neil said to me before the game to pick and choose my runs and when I go forward to have an attempt at goal or create something. I think I did that," said Brown.

"I prefer going forward (to sitting). I've got a lot of energy and I like to burn it.

"I'm glad he has stuck by me (as captain); it's up to me to repay him. I enjoy it. It means a lot.

"I go out on the park and give 110% and cheer the lads on anyway. No matter what it is, I would try and urge them on to do a little bit better if I was captain or if I wasn't."

Lennon has been placed in charge for the remainder of the season and Brown hopes the former club captain will be considered on a permanent basis.

"If you ask all the lads, he's a leader," added Brown.

"He has been here and done it all, and they all respect him as well, so it would be a great choice.

"There was a lot of pressure on him in the first game and he came out and had a win and it's a good start.

"He has taken them to a Uefa Cup final and dealt with the pressure and he knows what it's all about. If I've got any queries I'm sure I'll ask him.

"There are seven games left for us in the league and we've got to win all seven of them. There is a trophy as well, the Scottish Cup, and that's our main aim just now."

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see also
Lennon relief at Celtic victory
27 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Celtic 3-1 Kilmarnock
27 Mar 10 |  Scottish Premier
Lennon wants to succeed Mowbray
26 Mar 10 |  Celtic
Celtic sack manager Tony Mowbray
25 Mar 10 |  Celtic

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