SCOTT BROWN has cemented himself as one of the great Celtic captains, especially over the past two seasons.
His role at the club over the years most certainly under Brendan Rodgers has played a large part in Celtic’s success.
The midfielder is known as a double treble winning captain. Celtic setting an extraordinary benchmark under Brown’s captaincy.
However, it could have all been different for the Celtic star when he was at a crossroads.
With his stock at an all-time high during his Hibs spell, it would be Rangers who first came in for the midfielder followed by Celtic 180 seconds later.
The Celtic captain recalls receiving one call from Hibs Owner Rod Petrie saying he’d accepted a bid from Rangers, just two minutes later he gets another call from Petrie saying he’d accepted a bid from Celtic and that it was up to Brown where he went.
The player then met with David Murray and Walter Smith who made a strong pitch for the player’s services.
Although they tried their best, it would be Brown’s meeting with Strachan that would see him snub Murray and Smith to sign for Gordon Strachan’s side.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Brown felt at ease with his decision in the end,
“Rod Petrie had told us first of all that he had accepted a bid from Rangers. Two minutes later he called to say he’d accepted one from Celtic.
“I met with David Murray and Walter Smith then flew to London the next day to meet Gordon Strachan.
“I’m getting texts from Ally McCoist. I’m getting texts from Tommy Burns. My head is all over the place.
“I loved wee Stracho at the time. We got on great and I just felt it was the right move for me.”
As we know, if Brown had gone to Ibrox he would have been released in 2012 when the club fell into administration and then started the process of liquidation.
Many players left that Ibrox after that and refused to have their contracts transferred to the new club starting in the lower leagues.
Brown, instead has gone on to win many titles with Celtic and played against the best teams and players in the world.
We think he made the correct decision.