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CELTIC LEGEND TO TAKE OVER ENGLISH CLUB

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FORMER Celtic and Scotland captain Scott Brown will snub Raith Rovers to take over as manager of English League One club Fleetwood Town.

The 36-year-old Parkhead legend announced his retirement from playing at the weekend and had already been linked at the vacant position at his hometown club after John McGlynn quit to take over at Falkirk, as Scotzine reported last week.

However, Brown is now poised to be named boss at the struggling club who came close to relegation to the English fourth tier this season.

ACTION MAN…Scott Brown during his Celtic heyday.

The 55 times-capped internationa,l who won 22 honours – including 10 titles  – in his 14 years at Parkhead, left his player-coach role at Aberdeen in March following the sacking of manager Stephen Glass the previous month. He was only nine months into a two-year contract when he decided to leave.

Brown has spoken to the Stark’s Park club, but has decided to move to England, according to the Daily Mail.

His former Celtic team-mate Steven Pressley has previously managed the team and he will replace another ex-Parkhead player in Stephen Crainey who had been in temporary charge since November following the departure of Simon Grayson.

Crainey will return to his Under-23 role at the Fylde coast club.

Another ex-Celt, Gary Caldwell, who left Hibs when Shaun Maloney was fired last month, was also linked with the post.

Fleetwood are expected to make the managerial announcement at the start of next week.

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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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