By Matt Bullin

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown believes he can continue to play at the highest level for three or four more years.

The 31-year-old’s current deal enters its final year this summer, with contract talks shelved until after the season has ended.

He has made 52 appearances in all competitions this term and has earned many plaudits for his performances.

His manager, Brendan Rodgers, hinted that a new deal may be in the offing after Brown’s form this year.

Rodgers is a big fan of his dependable skipper, and said that him and Brown share “chemistry” and that their relationship “is a really enjoyable one and our communication is open”.

Brown returned from a two-match suspension on Thursday night to play 90 minutes as his side thrashed Patrick Thistle 5-0 at Firhill.

The victory extended Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run to 46 games, and came courtesy of goals from Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic and a brace from Patrick Roberts.

It also meant they broke the 100-point barrier in the league, and are one game away from going an entire Scottish Premiership campaign unbeaten.

Speaking at Lennoxtown, after picking up the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year award, Brown spoke of his desire to continue playing.

As quoted by Celtic’s official Twitter account, he said: “The gaffer asked me how long I felt I could keep playing for and I thought maybe two years at the highest level.

“But now I feel I can go on for three or four years easily.”

Brown has captained his side to a double this season already, winning the league and the Scottish League Cup, but he could make it a treble later this month when his side face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final.

The 52-time Scotland international has been at the Hoops since 2007 and has amassed more than 400 appearances in all competitions in that time.

In other Celtic news, Rodgers delivers news on an injury blow ahead of their match versus Hearts.

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