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LET’S STAY TOGETHER FOR TEN, URGES BROWN

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SCOTT BROWN hopes Celtic will be able to keep the players together in their bid for a historic TEN successive titles.

The Hoops made it nine in a row when they were awarded the crown by the SPFL bosses after the 2019/20 campaign came to a premature conclusion with Neil Lennon’s side leading the Premiership with a 13-point advantage.

The Parkhead side only had eight games to play and a goal difference superiority of plus 25 over nearest challengers Rangers when football went into cold storage in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Unfortunately, the players missed out on celebrating the award with each other or their supporters, but skipper Brown hopes they will go into double figures next season when they will overtake the achievements of Jock Stein’s great side and Walter Smith Ibrox outfit.

And the 34-year-old midfield powerhouse has urged boss Neil Lennon to do everything in his power to keep the present-day squad intact.

Loan players Fraser Forster and Mohamed Elyounoussi are due to return to Southampton in the summer while Austrian right-back Moritz Bauer is expected to go back to Stoke City.

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Back-up keeper Craig Gordon and versatile Republic of Ireland international will also be free agents next month.

Brown, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “It would be good to keep as many players as we possibly can into next season who know what it’s like to win the trophy.

“Things can change in football. Players can move on and changes can happen. That’s part of the game.

“But it would be great if all the lads could still be here and we could go on again into next season, if it was possible.

“I don’t know what the situation is with the boys on loan. I’m not sure what happens there, but it would be great to get Big Fraser back. He has enjoyed his time here and he’s been fantastic.

“Elyounoussi also did really well for us until his injury stopped him. He was just returning to fitness and we were looking forward to getting him back. It’s hard when they are on loan in this situation.

“We might not see them again.

“But we have players who know what it’s like to win trophies and titles and you want as many as them as you can in your squad.”

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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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