CELTIC skipper Scott Brown will celebrate his 33rd birthday in June – and he has promised Hoops fans he is in no rush to quit.

The inspirational midfield dynamo is being tipped by many to win a raft of Player of the Year awards, but he insisted he is simply concentrating on keeping going as the champions bid for a historic back-to-back double treble.

Brown said: “The plan for me now is to prolong my career, take it year by year and just enjoy my football. I’m currently getting more from it than I have done for years, possibly because it’s coming to an end.

“Everyone talks about me retiring, but that won’t be happening for a long time yet.

”At the end of the season, I just need to go away and get a bit of sun on my back and spend some time with my family.

“There are weeks on end where we’re in at Lennoxtown every day, whether it’s training or just recovery and then you spend time in hotels for games on top of that. It’s good to have time to chill.”

Speaking of potential personal awards, Brown added: “We’ve got so many good players. James Forrest has been our player of the year by a country mile.

“He’s doing it week in, week out against quality players and working under a manager who loves him. Seeing the young ones coming through puts a smile on my face more than anything.

“We have Kieran Tierney as well, who’s been outstanding and I enjoy watching them flourish. It also makes my job so much easier.

“I’ve probably been more consistent this season. I’ve also been injury-free and managed to play in most of the games. We’re winning games and trophies, so that’s a good campaign for me.

“I’m not here to score goals or create chances, but just to help out the rest of the lads and make sure the ball keeps moving in the middle of the park.

“I’d give it to James because it’s his best season. He’s scored 16 goals and I’ve never seen him play with a smile on his face as much as he does now.”

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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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