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Celtic boss Ronny Deila praises injured captain Scott Brown

Celtic's Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths and Callum McGregor launch the club's new kit at Celtic Park on Thursday 
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DEPARTING Celtic boss Ronny Deila paid tribute to Scott Brown's desire as captain after confirming the midfielder will miss the last three matches of the season with inflammation of both hamstrings.

The 30-year-old Scotland skipper is also set to sit out the post-season friendlies against Italy in Malta and France in Metz as he takes a much-needed rest, although the Norwegian said he "can't be 100 per cent sure".

Ahead of the visit of Aberdeen on Sunday, where the Hoops could confirm their fifth successive Ladbrokes Premiership title win, Deila revealed defender Dedryck Boyata is also out for the remainder of the campaign with a hamstring problem.

The former Stromsgodset boss said: "His [Brown's] two hamstrings have inflammation and need rest, there has been too much load over a long time.

"He was injured for three months at the beginning of the year and has pushed himself through a lot of games now and, to get the best out of him for Celtic and for Scotland, I think it is important now to give him a rest.

"He has been unbelievably important. On the pitch and in training, he is unbelievable, he is always at 100 per cent. When I talked to the players the first day, I said we need players that give 100 per cent and he has been a good ambassador for that. He can handle a lot of pain as well and he is also a leader in good times and bad times."

Deila will leave Parkhead at the end of the season with two successive title wins, the second of which could be rubber-stamped against the Dons, who go into the game nine points and 35 goals behind the league leaders.

Attention has turned to where Deila will ply his trade next season and he has been linked with Danish side Brondby, but asked if there had been any contact, he said: "There is a lot of things going on in football and now it is easy to link people to different jobs.

"I have three games left at Celtic and, after that, there is going to be a good vacation and we will see what happens in the future. I am really looking forward to Sunday, hopefully there will be a lot of people in the stadium for a game against the two best teams in Scotland. We will do everything we can to get three points." 

Winger Patrick Roberts, on loan from Manchester City until the end of next season, picked up his Ladbrokes player of the month for April award at the club's Lennoxtown training ground. The 19-year-old is relaxed about having new managers to impress next season at Celtic and parent club Manchester City, where Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced by Pep Guardiola.

He said: "I think I had about four new managers when I was at Fulham, so they come and go, it is part and parcel of football.

"My priority has always been to try to impress the manager and, whoever it is, I will try to do so. The club picks the manager and you have to work yourself into the team. To improve myself is key."

Deila said: "He is dangerous, he creates things and scores goals. He is a special talent technically and creativity-wise, but he still has things to add to his game and it is perfect for him to be here at Celtic." 

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