Celtic captain Scott Brown has insisted that he is not fit to ‘lace Kenny Dalglish’s boots’ but has admitted he is thrilled to have made his own footnote into the Scottish history books.

Brown became the Scot to have made the most appearances in the Champions League with 69 performances in Europe’s premier tournament as Celtic saw out a nervous 90 minutes against Anderlecht last night.

“It was a fantastic honour but let’s be honest – I would never be fit to lace Kenny’s boots,” said Brown. “He was a legend for Celtic, for Liverpool, for Scotland and I will never be anywhere near that level, no matter how many games I play in Europe.

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“I am just a guy who got lucky here at Celtic. To be able to be at a club for this length of time has been amazing and I have had the opportunity to go and play in that arena. It is a great honour to have but I know where my place is!”

The 1-0 defeat was not sufficient to topple Celtic from their third placed spot, a finish that will secure a place in the Monday’s draw for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

It was an anxious display from Celtic, who have now gone four years without a home win in the competition.

Brown, though, has maintained that the campaign should be viewed as the sum of the parts rather than the tepid display that brought down the curtain on Celtic’s involvement in the Champions League.

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“It wasn’t the best performance that we have had this season but we have done what we set out to do,” said the Celtic captain. “We were the fourth seeds in the group so to get that third spot and get Europa League football after Christmas is fantastic for us. It gets us another European night at home and who knows what we can do.

“We don’t do things easily. It was always going to be nervous as we knew we didn’t want to get beat 3-0. We didn’t hit the heights we can. We didn’t keep the ball well enough and they played us at our own game.

“It was a hard one to take. We didn’t press well, we gave away possession too easily but I think over the piece we have to be satisfied that we have got ourselves into Europe after Christmas. We can learn from that last night. We will have a look at it and we will try to work out what we can do better but I definitely think we should be pleased that we are in Monday’s draw.

“In some way maybe the knockout tie can suit us better – let’s hope so. We will look forward to the draw and then take it from there but I think it is safe to say that it gives us something else to look forward to.”