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SCOTT BROWN has shot down speculation about finishing his playing career at former club Hibs.

And the Celtic skipper revealed he hopes he NEVER has to leave the champions.

The midfielder, 32, who is in his testimonial year at Parkhead, started his career at Easter Road before switching to the Hoops in a £4.4million deal in the summer of 2007.

Brown said: “People always ask me if I’ll go back to Hibs one day.

“I don’t see it. I enjoy being at Celtic, I couldn’t think of any other place to be just now.

“Peter Lawwell has been fantastic with me, the managers have been fantastic and to give something back whether it’s coaching or helping out the kids, it means a lot for me to still be here after 10 years.

“Hopefully, I can push it for a few more.”

Brown’s inspirational performances for the Edinburgh outfit attracted a lot of attention and Rangers, too, were interested in luring him to Ibrox.

He admitted: “I had a couple of offers to go down to England. I had an offer to go to Rangers and an offer to come to Celtic.

“I sat down with the managers and coaches once the bids were accepted from Hibs.

“I sat down with Gordon and we connected really well.

“He believed in me and wanted to build the team around myself, Aiden McGeady and a few of the younger ones who were coming through like Stephen McManus, Darren O’Dea and he was bringing in Scott McDonald, as well.

“For him to say that I was going to be part of his plans for the next two or three years, that was what was going to be exciting for me.”

* Brown was speaking to Celtic TV.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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