SCOTT BROWN has firmly nailed suggestions he should consider making a Scotland international comeback.

The 34-year-old Celtic captain quit the international scene in February 2018 and has no intention of returning.

Instead, the Hoops onfield leader has insisted he will be concentrating exclusively on club duties in what could turn out to be a monumental season for the Champions with the club bidding for a record-breaking tenth successive title.

Former Scots team-mate Robert Snodgrass recently called for the player to think about turning out again for his nation.

Brown, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I loved playing for my country and captaining Scotland, but it was the right time for me to call it a day.

“I do miss playing for the national team, but at some stage you have to take care of yourself and look after your legs. I’ve definitely benefited from having those days off while the other lads have been away in the last few years.”

CAP STAR…Scott Brown during his days as Scotland international captain.

The middle-of-the-park dynamo, who joined the Hoops in a £4.4million switch from Hibs in the summer of 2007, made 55 appearances for Scotland.

Now, though, he is hoping to play his part in Celtic’s continued domination of the country and added: “As long as I’m available for selection, it’s then up to the manager and the backroom staff as to whether or not I play or whether I’m a bit-part player.

“But I’ll make sure that I’m always here willing to train and play.

“Obviously, I want to be in their plans and play in every game, but time may tell. Right now, though, I’m enjoying it and feeling fit and as good as I’ve ever done, so maybe the rest has helped me.

“It’s a bit like the international breaks in recent seasons.”



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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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