North East UK news Celtic captain Scott Brown admits he twice almost joined Newcastle United PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Brown has spent his entire career in Scotland but the Magpies have tried to entice him south of the border in the past
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Celtic captain Scott Brown has revealed he turned down the chance to sign for Newcastle United. The 35-year-old will play his final game for the Bhoys on Saturday after 14 seasons at the club before becoming a player-coach at Aberdeen, working alongside former Newcastle midfielder and current Dons boss Stephen Glass. During his time at Parkhead, Brown has won 22 major trophies including an historic treble-treble during his time as the club's captain. He will leave as one of Celtic's greatest ever players but his critics will ask why he never tested himself in the English Premier League. It wasn't for a lack of opportunity, though. Back in 2018, Brown revealed that he had the chance to join Newcastle and Tottenham midway through the 2009/10 season after a falling out with manager Tony Mowbray. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Newcastle made an offer to Brown but once the press got wind that Brown was on the verge of a Celtic exit, the Bhoys released a statement insisting they had no intention of allowing Brown to leave.
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. "I spoke to Spurs and Harry Redknapp but it was too soon for myself," Brown told Sky Sports. "I wanted to come to Celtic, I wanted to enjoy it and I was starting to really enjoy my football at the club. "They put a lot of faith into me and stuck by me, especially in the hard times, so it was great for me to be able to give back to them.
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"Then Neil [Lennon] was the manager at the time and I had the opportunity to go to Newcastle. "I was going to be out of contract but Lenny said: 'I want to keep you as captain, I want to build the team around you and I feel we can push on'. "We were actually doing quite well at the time and it was one of those things that you talk and you think: 'What do I want here? Do I want to stay at a fantastic club like Celtic? Do I want to go down there and have a fresh start or do I want to continue winning and show everybody that I am a good player and I can deal with this and that I am captain quality?' "That was the little hunger inside me that I wanted to prove everybody wrong and that has stuck with me for the last 10, 11 years and it will continue until I retire."
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