SCOTT BROWN has admitted there is NO chance of him making a Scotland international comeback.

The Celtic skipper was persuaded to change his mind about quitting when Gordon Strachan was in charge.

However, the 34-year-old midfielder will not be persuaded to make a return – if, of course, present gaffer Steve Clarke made a move.

Brown has watched the Scots lose their last three Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belgium, twice, and Russia where many shrewd observers noted the lack of a combative midfielder in the team’s engine room.

SCOTLAND THE RAVE…Scott Brown congratulates Leigh Griffiths after a goal against Malta in 2017.

He finally walked away from the international scene last season when Alex McLeish was in the Hampden hot-seat and is certain nothing will force him into a rethink.

The champions’ captain, speaking to the Evening Times, said: “I’d love to be able to go and help the boys. I’d love to be able to keep playing for Scotland and be there, but you just know when the time is right for yourself and your body.

“I do notice a huge difference. I’m coming off 10 days without a game right now.

“I was still training, but it’s not as hard as what the guys had to do against Russia and Belgium. Those were two hard games and it’s physically and mentally draining. You don’t get as much of the ball as you do at Celtic and it’s hard playing in games like that.

“I feel my body as is good as it can be now, because I am getting the extra rest. There are more international breaks in October and November and then we have time off in January. I am looking month to month these days. I can push myself as I know I will get that recovery.

“I was delighted to get the break. I played golf, chilled out and spent some time with the kids, as well.

HOOP HOOP HOORAY…Scott Brown in acton for the champions.

“I was away with Steven Whittaker and it was good to switch off and not chat too much about football.

“It wasn’t about who we are playing at the weekend – it was about how bad our golf is and how bad the Scottish weather is.

“It’s good for me personally to get some time, especially as I am a little bit older now, too. I went away, had a couple of days here and there, and recharged the batteries.

“The last few days have been hard and now we have a huge game on Saturday.”

Brown will lead the Hoops against Hamilton for their High Nook kick-off tomorrow and will again be a key man when they travel to France on Thursday for their Europa League group stage opener against Rennes.

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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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