'I was finished' - Celtic enforcer reveals delivers crucial timeline over end of Hoops career
Celtic midfielder and captain Scott Brown has revealed that he has no intentions of ending his career at Parkhead any time soon as he aims to get at least another three years under his belt.
The 32-year-old had been questioned by fans and pundits over whether he would have enough in the tank to continue to perform at the top level with the Hoops after over 400 appearances for the club, with the enforcer himself noting that the 2016 cup defeat to Rangers was a low point.
However Brown has heralded the impact that Brendan Rodgers has had on his displays and fitness, and insists that there are still a few more seasons in him before he hangs up his boots.
He told the Daily Record: “I was determined to prove a point to everyone because people were saying I was finished and that my legs were gone.
“People were talking about me retiring but now there’s no chance of that happening in the next three or four years.
“When I first met Brendan I said I would manage two years maximum but he said if I got fit and looked after myself we’d see how it went and he was right because I’m still pushing on.”
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Football Insider verdict
Brown’s comeback from looking like he was on the brink of retirement to the central enforcer Hoops fans know and love today has been an impressive turnaround. With a massive 470 appearances under his belt, his longevity in the Hoops side is deserving of notice and he will get his reward with a testimonial come the end of the season. Can he keep up these performances for another four years? Only he can decide that, but his all-energy, never-say-die attitude will have some impact on whether his body can keep up with his mind. Still, whether or not he achieves his goals between now and then, he has been a loyal servant to Celtic and one man who will go down in the history books at Parkhead. For now though, the fans at Celtic Park should just enjoy watching a talent who does not come around often in football.
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