Celtic captain Scott Brown will be 'done and dusted' at end of new deal

Celtic captain Scott Brown
Scott Brown had been linked with clubs in Australia, United States and United Arab Emirates

Celtic captain Scott Brown believes his playing career will be "done and dusted" when his new two-year contract extension expires in 2021.

The former Scotland midfielder will be less than a month short of his 36th birthday at the end of the deal.

Brown, who joined Celtic in 2007, rejected a move to Western Melbourne to remain with the Scottish champions.

"Coming up to 36, the body probably says no, you can't keep pushing 60 games a season," Brown told Celtic TV.

"Especially here because the schedule is so hard for everybody. We're lucky we've got a big squad and a great manager who gives you time out and knows when you've been struggling through injury and knows when to chop and change.

"Two more years, it's been a long time and I've enjoyed every single moment but two years and that'll be me done and dusted."

Since joining Celtic from Hibernian, Brown has made 506 appearances, scoring 37 goals, and helped the Glasgow club win eight league titles, five League Cups and four Scottish Cups.

Having earned 55 caps, Brown retired from Scotland duty in February in order to concentrate on remaining fit to preserve his club career.

However, with his Celtic contract expiring this summer and with increased competition for a place in central midfield, manager Brendan Rodgers had given Brown time to consider his future.

Western Melbourne this week admitted defeat in their attempts to persuade Brown to join their squad for their inaugural A-League campaign.

Major League Soccer clubs Kansas City and Minnesota United had earlier expressed an interest, while the midfielder was also linked with Al-Wasl in the United Arab Emirates.

'Great athlete, good leader' - analysis

Former Celtic midfielder Kris Commons on Sportsound

Scott Brown is possibly the biggest character I've ever worked with - not just on the park, but he tirelessly works with the young kids. He's a great athlete, a good leader.

Certain things needed to be changed when Brendan Rodgers came in - his off-field activities were in question. Once he ironed all those out, he became a completely different player.

Brendan added man-management to his game, having a big influence on people around him. Not just the players and coaches, the secretary, the ground staff, people at the stadium.

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