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WHAT NEXT FOR SCOTT BROWN? PLAY IN AUSTRALIA OR REPLACE BRENDAN RODGERS?

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HE’S been a mainstay in the Celtic midfield for the last decade but it seems as if Scott Brown is approaching a career crossroads. The Celtic skipper is out of contract at the end of the season and it’s a little unclear what will happen next.

Scott Brown marked a decade at Celtic Park over the summer as the 33-year-old took part in his testimonial. He’s been a hugely popular figure at the club since his £4.4 million move from Hibernian back in 2007 and there was always an expectation that he was at Celtic for life. There was always a feeling that his first move would be to join manager Brendan Rodgers’ backroom team but that was before this season.

Things have certainly been more challenging for Rodgers this term than they were in either of his two opening seasons. Celtic find themselves in third position in the Scottish Premiership table after losing two of their opening five matches. The pressure has started to mount on with some even suggesting that the Northern Irishman could leave the club. When looking at a list of potential replacements for the former Liverpool boss, Scott Brown’s name was always near the top of the list.

The discussion is only fuelled by Brown’s contract situation. The former Scotland international is in the final year of his deal at Celtic Park and has been locked in negotiations with the club for some time. There was believed to be something of an impasse in the negotiations but it seems as if things have picked up of late.

“Myself, the gaffer and Peter (Lawwell) have been chatting and it seems to have gone well,” Brown recently said of the contract talks.

“I am just concentrating on playing right now. I’ll go and do my badges in the summer but I’ll see how long my legs last before I think about moving upstairs.”

Brown here is referring to his intentions of becoming a coach.

“It’s a great honour to be playing at the club for so long and for them to be helping me out with a coaching role, whether it’s [the]under-16s or whatever.

“It’s an exceptional place to get a start. I’ve learned a lot under the manager here and the previous managers.

“But I’m still playing so I’ve not thought about managing the club one day. You never know. The manager here now has set a great standard and I still have a lot to learn.

Brown hasn’t exactly ruled out one day taking the manager’s job at Celtic Park but for the time being, there’s a feeling that Rodgers is safe. It’s a little early for the alarm bells to be ringing despite Celtic’s poor start to the campaign. The Bhoys are still the massive 1/5 odds-on favourites to lift the Premier League title yet again this season on Betway as of 19 October. With that in mind, Brown may have to wait.

Right now it seems as if Brown wants to continue playing. He is still in negotiations with Celtic but there have rumours that the 33-year-old is a reported target for a potential new Australian A-League side. The Western Melbourne Group are lobbying for permission to create a whole new club which would play in the Australian A-League from next season.

The group is one of six parties hoping to win the spot but it seems as if Western Melbourne could be the most ambitious of all. The group has plans to build a 15,000-seater stadium on the outskirts of the city and reportedly wants to make Brown the first marquee signing of the franchise.

“We have made our aspirations quite clear in the media about signing high profile marquee players and coaches for our first season if granted a licence,” said the group’s director of football, Steve Horvat.

“I cannot verify these claims as we have spoken to numerous agents who may be reaching out to players and coaches.

“We do understand that time is of the essence and if awarded a licence that we need to hit the ground running with appointments.”

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