Celtic manager Neil Lennon has attempted to call time on the ongoing debate about his captain Scott Brown's value to the team.
Lennon is angry that Brown, a £4.4 million purchase from Hibernian in the summer of 2007, remains the subject of repeated criticism that Celtic overpaid for his services.
''There's this apparent conundrum about Browny, but I don't see where all the criticism comes from at times,'' he said. ''Since I've taken over he's been very consistent and again pre-season and coming into the season he's been very good.
''He's a very strong player for me and I thought as the Utrecht game went on he got better and better so I've no worries or qualms about his performances since I've taken over and I think there's more to come from him, as well.''
Lennon says he now has the kind of dressing-room he has long craved at Parkhead, with Brown typical of the type of character he likes to see lining up on his side.
''There's a good spirit among the players, we've got good personalities,'' he said. ''I like their character and what they've brought to the club, but then I liked the nucleus of the squad we had last year as well so there's a good balance and blend there.
''It's very early for clear-cut opinions, until their backs are against the wall we won't know what character they will have, but the early signs have been promising.''