CELTIC have revealed plans to sign captain Scott Brown up on a new contract that will allow the former Hibs player to end his career at Parkhead. The bumper new deal for the inspirational team-leader will also include a lucrative testimonial match.
Brown, like his midfield partner Stuart Armstrong, is entering the final year of his contract and Scotzine revealed yesterday that manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to get Armstrong’s deal sorted out as soon as possible to keep the 25 year old at the Scottish Champions.
We also revealed that Rodgers has not given up hope of bring Patrick Roberts back to the club later in the transfer window and the Irishman confirmed our story to the press yesterday.
Rodgers has been hugely impressed by Scott Brown from the moment the pair met last June when the skipper was invited to his new gaffer’s home in London. Brown, brought a decent bottle of red and immediately bought into the new philosophy that revitalized the player and indeed the entire Celtic squad.
The team, led magnificently by Brown on the park, went on to win the treble without losing a single competitive match to any British side, including Manchester City. Indeed the mega bucks Premier League side had to fight back on four occasions to get level with Celtic.
Hailed by Brendan Rodgers as one of the greatest skippers in the club’ s history, the 32-year-old midfielder has less than a year to run on his current agreement.
In Austria on the club’s season tour and ahead of today’s match with Rapid Vienna, Rodgers outlined why he believes that Brown has earned a new deal.
‘He’s someone I want here while I’m here, that’s for sure,’ Rodgers said.
‘Scott’s a remarkable player who will go down as one of the greatest captains in the history of this club.
‘He’s done it over the course of ten years here – but what he did last season puts him alongside the greatest captains.
‘He’s still hungry and driven to keep winning and performing.
‘You see the level he’s at. He’s turned 32 but is coming into an exciting period in his career.
‘He’s definitely someone I’ll be looking to do something with. We’ve talked about it a few times.
‘There have been games and the close season – but I’m sure it’s something we’ll look at. He’ll be around for another few years just yet.’
And Rodgers revealed that the new contract for his Captain will included a more than well deserved testimonial match.
‘I’m sure that will be a part of the negotiations. I mean, my goodness me, to play for a club like Celtic for that length of time, and to survive in that environment, with its intensity and the pressures on you, as he has done for those number of years, is remarkable.‘So I think that will all come into it. He has been a truly inspirational player, and a brilliant player, as well as the club captain.’
And the Celtic gaffer also dropped in a little hint that the pursuit of Patrick Roberts is alive and well when he let this sip.
‘Losing Patrick Roberts going back to Man City I needed to have Scotty, James, one other, and if something opens up later on for Pat to come back or someone else to come in then fine.”
SCOTZINE reported on this yesterday HERE.
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