Scott Brown: Celtic captain on why he turned down Tottenham, Neil Lennon, Scotland and Parkhead legacy

Scott Brown has revealed that loyalty to Celtic was the explanation why he as soon as turned down a transfer to Tottenham, and he has additionally mentioned his legacy at Parkhead in an unique interview with Sky Sports News.

Since he joined the membership in 2007, Brown has received 23 main honours, amassed 610 appearances and scored 46 targets in an illustrious profession at Celtic Park.

The 35-year-old is about to play his closing recreation for Celtic considerably fittingly towards his former membership Hibernian this Saturday and he has mirrored on his momentous 14-year stick with the Hoops forward of that recreation…

    You had your final Celtic house recreation on Wednesday within the 4-0 win over St Johnstone, how do you’re feeling to be departing the membership?

    “It’s sad, I’ve had 14 fantastic years here. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it, I’ve made so many friends. I’ve seen so many players come and so many players leave the club.

    “I’ve had so many trophies, so many nice events and it is simply coming to the tip of it, I’ve bought one recreation left. When I signed it was my final recreation for Hibs as effectively to play towards Celtic and now it is vice versa.

    “It’s a special occasion because Hibs means so much to myself, as does Celtic, so it’s going to be one of those occasions I relish and will always remember, that’s for sure.”

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    Did you ever assume you’ll be a successor to Neil Lennon as Celtic captain?

    “That day earlier than I signed I used to be sitting within the supervisor’s workplace, I’ve went to go and sit down and Lenny (Neil Lennon) has walked in and I’m pondering that is my worst nightmare.

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    “I’m pondering: proper, chill, me and this man have been preventing for the final 5 years and we in all probability have not bought rather a lot in frequent.

    2:24

    Brown appears to be like again on the day he joined Celtic and what occurred when he met Neil Lennon for the primary time

    “So we’ve sat down, he’s like ‘come here, let’s talk’. We start talking about his love for the club, how much the fans and Celtic means to him, how much taking part in training sessions and being captain means.

    “I used to be there pondering that he’s a terrific man, the place’s this going? And he was speaking me up as effectively, he stated: ‘You’re going to like it at Celtic, this membership is made for you. You’re a winner, you are a fighter, you will run via partitions for individuals’.

    “At that moment I’m thinking that this is a bit of me. I knew speaking to Gordon (Strachan) and speaking to Neil as well that I’d made the right decision [in coming] here.

    “I walked exterior at Celtic Park and they [the fans] had been all chanting and joyful that I’d signed and there have been 60,000 individuals there and I used to be pondering: that is unbelievable.

    “Me and Lenny hit off that time really well and have continued that bond all the way through.

    “Even when he was managing the primary time and he got here again, what he did for my profession initially and put a little bit of perception in myself and had that point to take a seat me down and chat to me about Celtic.

    “He didn’t have to do that, he didn’t owe me anything, but he wanted to do that as a leaving Celtic captain to a young player coming into the club so it just shows you the respect he had for the club.”

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    Brown says he has the utmost respect for former Hoops boss Neil Lennon

    There was a number of curiosity in you from golf equipment in England, did you ever take into account leaving Celtic?

    “I had an offer from Spurs, from Harry Redknapp, but it was too soon for myself. I think I wanted to come to Celtic, I wanted to enjoy it.

    “I used to be beginning to actually take pleasure in my soccer on the membership and they put a number of religion into me, particularly throughout arduous occasions as effectively, and they caught by me so it was nice to provide a bit bit again and Neil was the supervisor on the time.

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    Harry Redknapp was considering signing Brown

    “I had an opportunity to go to Newcastle and I was out of contract but Lenny was like: ‘I want to keep you as captain, I want to build the team around you, I think we can push on and keep this winning mentality going’.

    “We had been doing fairly effectively on the time and it was a kind of issues. I used to be pondering ‘do I need to speak and keep at Celtic, do I need to go down [to England] and have a recent begin, or do I need to maintain profitable and present everybody that I’m an excellent participant, that I can maintain profitable and cope with this’.

    “That was the little bit of fight inside me that I wanted to prove everybody wrong and it’s stuck by me for the last 10-11 years.

    “There have been lots of people writing me off and I need to present those who I’ve nonetheless bought one other few years and I’ll proceed [thinking] like that till I retire.”

    0:30

    John Kennedy says Brown was a real chief and shall be sorely missed, after he performed his closing recreation for the membership at Celtic Park, within the 4-0 win over St Johnstone

    Scotland are taking part in on the Euros, is there remorse that you’ve got missed this renaissance of the nationwide group?

    “Looking back, I’d have loved to have still been there [in the Scotland squad]. But I’d have been 36 by the time the Euros come around.

    “The lads have completed fantastically to get there, they’ve completed extraordinarily effectively. I do not assume I might nonetheless be at Celtic if I used to be taking part in for Scotland as effectively, I feel that might have taken a big effect on my profession and my physique as effectively and I feel I moved away on the proper time.

    “I spoke to Gordon (Strachan) and Brendan (Rodgers) as effectively and the way it was about being egocentric now on the finish of my profession and take care of myself and about taking part in as many video games as I probably can for Celtic.

    0:57

    Brown admits he would like to be taking part in on the Euros with Scotland this summer time however says stepping away from worldwide responsibility helped delay his Celtic profession

    “Looking at it now, of course, I would love to be going to the Euros.

    “I performed 10 to 11 years for Scotland and I did not get to the Euros or a World Cup in order that’s a bit bit unhappy that it is not been ticked off on the CV.

    “But to be perfectly honest I’ve had so many great years here and I probably wouldn’t still be here playing now if I was 35 coming on 36 and if I was still playing for Scotland now.”

    You point out the 5-1 recreation at Ibrox, is that among the finest video games you’ve got performed in at Celtic or is there one which stands out above that?

    “Not really. That was huge. The Joey Barton one at Celtic Park as well, Joey talked a great game and I showed him a great game.

    “It was so simple as that, he’d completed all of the speaking off the sector and I’d completed all of the speaking on it.

    “I had a chance on the finish of the sport, he shook my hand and it was a battle. I already had it in my head that I used to be profitable it earlier than the sport had even began as a result of he’d been speaking an excessive amount of.

    0:41

    Brown displays on his battles with former Rangers participant Joey Barton throughout his time in Scotland

    “He’d maybe have done that a lot down in England but he’s had a fantastic career, he went back down and played in the English Premier League.

    “It reveals you what a top-quality aspect we had on the time that we had been doing that to gamers who’d go down to play in England, so it reveals you the way robust we had been on the time.”

    Have you considered how you will feel when you run out at Celtic Park next season in an Aberdeen strip?

    “No, however I’ll be joyful to say goodbye to the followers. I’ve not had that chance to say goodbye to them personally. I do know final night time was my final recreation there nevertheless it’s not the identical with out the followers.

    0:44

    Brown says he is wanting ahead to returning to Parkhead as an Aberdeen participant subsequent season so he can say goodbye to the Celtic followers

    “I’d have loved to walk around the park to say goodbye to them individually but it wasn’t to be.

    “I’ve loved each single second of it. There’s at all times going to be ups and downs and that is half and parcel of soccer.

    “The best thing is that we keep coming back and the fans keep supporting these players when I’ve gone and I can’t thank them enough.”

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