Scott Brown has revealed that he was amazed Celtic succeeded in landing Brendan Rodgers as Ronny Deila’s successor.

The Hoops boss was formally unveiled at the beginning of June and the Celtic skipper admitted that he thought Celtic were punching above their weight when the initial speculation linking the former Liverpool manager with the job first arose.

“When I looked at it I thought: ‘there is no chance in a million years we are going to get Brendan Rodgers to come to Celtic’,” he smiled. “After the last couple of seasons, there have not been a lot of fans, there has not been great support for the league, but as soon as he comes look what happens.

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“It sets everything on fire. He has just put us through the roof to be perfectly honest. Everyone is talking about Celtic, the gaffer, what he can do, what he has done at his previous clubs and how he plays.Evening Times: Celtic captain Scott Brown was delighted with the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as the new Celtic manager

“The other staff he has brought in as well have been exception. The way they speak, the way they want to do the exact same as the gaffer, they are very, very close as well. Plus, they have kept John [Kennedy] on as well.

“I think that is fantastic because he gets on well with the lads on and off the park and he is good to go up and talk to. He understands the different ways that we want to play. He was there for Ronny and he will be there 100 per cent for Brendan as well.

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“I was over the moon when he got the job. I know the style that he likes to play. It suits me and it suits pretty much everyone in Scotland. Hopefully we can just do it on the park now.”

Meanwhile, Brown las laughed off the recent barbs he has taken from new Ibrox midfielder Joey Barton.

The Celtic captain played down the jibes, insisting that it merely adds a bit of intrigue into the forthcoming games between the two teams, although Brown couldn’t resist a bit of fun either.Evening Times: Joey Barton

“I've not been in his league; he's in my league,” he smiled. “I think we will get on really well with him being a celtic fan.

“I’ve been used to people writing me off, half of people love you and the other half hate you but you deal with that. Social Media can go one way or the other but it’s football.

“We just need to look towards every game and aim for six in a row now, that’s our main focus as well as trying to get two cups under our belt as well.

“It’s all good banter, it’s just banter.”

And Brown has also insisted that there will be internal wrangling over cash if there are big-name arrivals at the club this summer. Rodgers has revealed there is no wage ceiling under which he is operating but Brown dismissed any suggestion that could lead to dressing room fall-outs.

“It won’t be a problem if players arrive as whatever contract the lads have signed is because they are happy with the money and what they have been offered,” he said. “If they have a problem then I’m sure the gaffer will speak to them about it.”