SCOTT BROWN confirmed his intention to stay at Celtic on the final day of the transfer window when the midfielder penned a new two-year deal with the club.

The Western Melbourne consortium reported three weeks ago they were ‘close’ to a deal to bring the Celtic captain to Australia and were confident. At that point in time, it was all silent from Celtic and Scott Brown over what was going to happen.

Many were speculating the double treble winning star would end his twelve-year association with the club for a fresh start in a warmer climate.

However, claims by the Western Melbourne Chief Executive about the failed move suggest Brown was very close to signing for the Australian’s, but Celtic put a late package together which saw Brown turn down the chance at a move.

“In an unprecedented move, the Celtic board met with Scott and gave him an offer too good to refuse.” said Steve Horvat of Western Melbourne.

“He was willing to have a change of scenery and a new adventure.

“At the 11th hour, they came back with a counter offer we weren’t willing to go with. It is a pity because we feel, being football people, we know what he can bring to the club.

“The players we’ve been looking at are about setting the culture. That’s super important and can’t be understated.”

After suffering a series of injuries this season, Scott Brown looks like he’s getting back to his best on the field and his influence off it can never be underplayed.

The Celtic captain is much more important than perhaps some believe he is to what’s going on at the club. It’s great to see Celtic go above and beyond to keep the player in Glasgow.


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