Scott Brown believes former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers instilled a winning mentality into his Celtic side, and taught them “how to win” at Hampden Park after tasting defeat at the semi-final stage of the Scottish Cup in the two season’s prior to his arrival.
The Hoops are on the verge of completing an unprecedented third domestic treble ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup final clash with Hearts after wrapping up the Scottish Premiership title for an eighth successive season and the Scottish League Cup for a third campaign running.
And Brown believes much of the Hoops’ recent success is down to the work of Rodgers and the mentality his instilled in his players, according to the Irish Independent.
When asked about Hibernian’s victory over Rangers in the 2016 Scottish Cup final following Celtic’s semi-final defeat to their Glasgow rivals, Brown replied:
I remember feeling a little bit jealous that they were in a cup final and we weren’t. But Brendan came in and changed our mindset. We didn’t have a great track record at Hampden before that but he made us realise how to change our mindset, how to improve, how to win.
While he was here we won seven trophies on the trot. Now Neil’s here, we need to make sure we make it nine. Brendan pushed us to another level. It was great man management more than anything. He made us believe in ourselves.
Rodgers had a hugely successful time in charge of Celtic prior to his controversial departure to Leicester City in February earlier this season.