Celtic assistant manager Chris Davies believes that Scott Brown has already earned himself legendary status at the club.

The Celtic captain is in his tenth year at the Parkhead side and despite the fact that more is expected to come from Brown, particularly after announcing his international retirement, Davies has insisted that the midfielder is one of the iconic figures in the recent history of the club.

And, with Celtic desperate to close in on the league title and the Scottish Cup in order to complete another domestic clean sweep, Davies expects that Brown will be as hungry as ever to deliver again this term.

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“I can only judge him in the period I have worked with him and he has been first class since the day we got here,” Davies told Celtic TV. “He is a great leader. But firstly he is a very good player in his own right. As a central midfielder with the ball he is good in possession and he has good defensive qualities as well. The bigger picture is what he does for the team and he is a Celtic legend. I think that is fair to say, even before he has finished playing.

“It is a memorable season for him. The club is about winning trophies, that is what Celtic is about and that is what Scott Brown’s career has been about – being at the top of the Scottish game and winning trophies, He’ll be focused now on the next couple of trophies that we are all fighting for.

“It will be a positive for Celtic that he is playing less games over the season.

“He is very patriotic and he will not have made the decision [to retire] lightly but for us it is good that he’ll maybe be that little bit fresher.”

Meanwhile, Davies has insisted that Celtic will prepare for this Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup tie against Morton in the same way that they would for a Champions league game.

Jim Duffy will bring the Greenock side to Glasgow for the 12.30pm kick-off and nothing will be taken for granted by Celtic as they look to make their way into the semi-finals of the competition at the Championship side’s expense.

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“It is a trophy that we want to win,” said Davies. “We have a chance to get into the semi-final and we take absolutely nothing for granted.

“We will do our analysis and preparing for them as though they are a Champions League team. There is absolutely no difference. We respect them the same because we need to be ready to win the game and have no complacency.”

One of the set-backs of last night’s game against Dundee being called off was the lack of game time for Patrick Roberts and Marvin Compper.

The duo were expected to get some minutes under their belt after their injury issues but will now have to wait until the weekend.

Roberts has been given the all clear to play after consulting a hamstring specialist in order to ascertain that the injury he suffered a repeat of is unlikely to re-occur, while Compper has been forced to wait for his Celtic debut after getting injured at the club’s mid-season training camp in Dubai.

The veteran German stopper suffered a calf strain and then tweaked the opposite calf as he was set to return. Both players will look to feature at some stage against Morton on Saturday afternoon.

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“You need to accept that there will be injuries and dips in form but we have had guys stand up and do well,” said Davies. “We are getting a few back now and it is important that they are ready because when you play 60 games you need a full squad.

“Marvin has just started training again. Unfortunately it has been a frustrating few months for him because he has had some niggles and some problems and now it is about building up that fitness now.”

Jack Hendry and Charly Musonda arrived with Compper in the January transfer window and are slowly easing their way into life at the club.

Davies is delighted with the manner in which they have so far integrated with the squad but expects much to come from both players.

“Jack and Charly have done well,” he said. “They aren’t expected to be the finished article but they have done well and they have clear qualities for everyone to see. They are here to develop and we are happy with them.”

Meanwhile, Davies was delighted to see Kieran Tierney net Celtic’s 100th goal of the season at the weekend with his fine strike at Pittodrie.

“We are an attacking team and we want to score as many as we can,” he said. “We are at the 100 mark for the season. That was KT’s fourth of the season so as a left-back you aren’t expecting him to score too many.”