Key Celtic ace delivers the message all Bhoys fans have been waiting to hear
By Danny Wright
Celtic captain Scott Brown has confirmed that he is yet to enter talks over a new deal at the club, but has said he wants to finish his career at the club.
The 31-year-old will enter his tenth year at Celtic in June after signing from Hibernian in 2007, and has just a year left on his Parkhead contract.
Brown, who has since become one of the club’s most successful players, is likely to win his first domestic treble in the green and white hoops later this month and admits that he is focused on doing that, rather than his contract situation.
“I have one year left,” said Brown, as quoted by the Scotsman. “We haven’t spoken about extending, not yet. We will wait until after this season is out the way and see what happens. We have three important games left so there is no point in talking about contracts now.
“I would love to stay here as long as possible and finish at this club. It’s the best club I have ever been at and the best club I ever will be at. The fanbase, the football base and training base are first class.”
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The former Hibernian midfielder has been central to Brendan Rodgers plans this season, making 51 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and supplying three assists.
He has served a two-match suspension in the last two fixtures, both wins against St. Johnstone and Aberdeen, and is expected to return to the squad for the trip to Partick on Thursday.
Brown can lift the Scottish Cup later this month if Celtic beat Aberdeen in the final at Hampden.
It would be the 13th piece of silverware the Celtic captain will lift in his time on the green and white half of Glasgow.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s quite possible that Rodgers is simply waiting until the season ends before he deals with anything like contracts or summer signings. Celtic don’t need that distraction at the moment as they focus on ending the domestic season unbeaten and winning the Scottish Cup. The Bhoys might have a lot to worry about during the transfer window, especially if talks with Brown stall. If nothing is agreed by January then he can be offered a pre-contract deal from other clubs and that’s a risk that Rodgers cannot afford to take with the 31-year-old being so pivotal to the way his team operates. The message he sent out today will be very welcome – both at the club and in the stands.
In other Celtic news, Harry Hood has delivered a special message to this Parkhead player.