SCOTT BROWN has quit international football – for the second time.
The Celtic and Scotland skipper, 32, blamed a packed calendar as he announced his retirement.
Brown, who won 55 caps, had initially ended his Scotland career in August 2016.
Ex-boss Gordon Strachan persuaded him to change his mind two months later, but has now called it a day after talks with new manager Alex McLeish.
The Hoops ace said: “In terms of looking after my body and in interests of my family, I felt now is the right time.
“I have spoken to Alex McLeish over the weekend. I really wanted to tell Alex first what I was thinking about things.
“As I said to Alex, I felt that, given the demands which are increasing all the time in football and at this stage of my career, I wasn’t able to give both my club and country my best and I needed to focus purely on Celtic at this time.
“The football calendar is more and more demanding now.”
Brown added: “I have really enjoyed my time with Scotland and making over 50 caps is something which I will always be really proud of.
“It was a huge honour to pull on the Scotland jersey every time I was given the opportunity and to be able to captain my country is a privilege I will always cherish.
“I want to wish Alex and the squad the very best of success for the future and particularly for the upcoming campaign.
“Obviously, I’ll be supporting the lads all the way as they try to get to the Euros.”
* Brown was talking to the Celtic website.