Celtic in advanced talks, announcement likely within 48 hours - report

Celtic are in advanced talks with the Republic of Ireland about holding a testimonial match for Scott Brown, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that discussions are almost concluded between the Scottish champions and Irish FA over the end-of-season fixture which will take place at Parkhead to pay tribute to the career of Brown.

It is understood that an announcement could be made within the next 48 hours with Sunday May 20 the date that has been proposed.

Brendan Rodgers’ former club Liverpool were touted as potential opponents, but talks with the Premier League giants broke down once they were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom.

Brown has made 462 appearances across all competitions for Celtic since signing from Hibernian for £4.4million in 2007.

He was won all there is to win in Scotland countless times and will no doubt go down in Parkhead history.

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Brown has had a fantastic career with Celtic and is clearly deserving of a testimonial game at the end of the season. The 32-year-old will enter the final year of his contract in the summer so it will be very interesting to see what the club do with that. It seems that the former Scotland international has plenty in the tank and could still offer a few more years, but he could see it fit to move on and have one final challenge elsewhere. It will be a sad day for all Bhoys fans when the midfielder does eventually end his time at Parkhead, and this testimonial will be a great way to commemorate him.

In other Celtic news, this BBC pundit has lost it with Hoops fans after Scotland’s loss to Costa Rice, claiming they’re “incredibly sad”.

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