UK news Scott Brown predicts Celtic will 'bounce back' from title heartache after making final appearance for the club last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Scott Brown has predicted that Celtic will ‘bounce back’ from a difficult season after he bowed out of his time at the club with a 0-0 draw at Hibernian.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "Scott Brown has predicted that Celtic will ‘bounce back’ from a difficult season after he bowed out of his time at the club with a 0-0 draw at Hibernian. The 35-year-old will now move to become a player-coach at Aberdeen after ending his Celtic career with 22 trophies across 14 years.Ultimately, it ended with disappointment that the club couldn’t complete an unprecedented 10th league title in a row but Brown predicts that the Hoops, under a new manager, will come back to fight champions Rangers next season.“There are always going to be lows and at a club like Celtic, you lose one trophy and everyone’s against you,” he told BBC Scotland. “It’s about how you bounce back and this club will always bounce back. They’ve got fantastic people in charge, a great board and great coaching staff.“They’ve got some great players as well who love being here and want to set standards. That’s what I’ve tried to do and hopefully if nothing else is remembered it will the standards I tried to set.”Brown, of course, couldn’t enjoy his admittedly emotional farewell in front of the Celtic fans, with supporters still locked out of stadiums.Instead, he’s already looking ahead to the next time he will play in front of the club’s fanbase.“It’s been a fast career, it’s been very emotional,” he reflected. “There are a lot of lads that have ben saying goodbye. It’s probably the last time I might ever see some of the lads because they might leave. I’m not really an emotional guy but I’ll miss playing in front of 60,000 fans. I’ll miss not seeing and waving goodbye to the Celtic fans but I will be back in a nice Aberdeen strip. I’ll be looking forward to that. “If you look back on my career, I’m going to cherish a lot of moment. I’ve won 22 trophies, nine-in-a-row and a quadruple treble. There aren’t a lot of people in their career that win trophies and I’ve won 22. I leave here with fond memories and I thank all the fans for their support. They’ve be fantastic with me. “I’m not getting any younger and it was time for me to move on.”As regards special moments at the club, it was hard for Brown to pinpoint one in particular, although he did say that knocking back his doubters’ words will forever raise a smile.“There have been so many people that wrote me off and I’ve come back, won trophies and proved them wrong,” he said. “There are a lot of ex-Celtic players who didn’t win trophies that speak in the media but I’ve done that. There have been some ex-players and managers that have had great things to say because they know how hard it is.
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.”As regards just how often he will take to the pitch for the Dons, it’s likely to be a case of as much and for as long as possible.“We’ll see,” he said. “I’m not getting any younger but I want to push boundaries as far as I can. I’m not saying I’ll play until I’m 40 but I’ll try as hard as I can.”As regards his closing match itself, Brown turned in a steady but unspectacular performance in an encounter the Parkhead club dominated without getting a goal for their efforts.Hibs confirmed their third-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership with a win at Aberdeen in midweek and their much-changed line-up in the final game of the season reflected their participation in next week's Scottish Cup final against St Johnstone at Hampden Park. But they were fitting opponents for Brown's Celtic swansong. His last game for Hibs before joining Celtic for £4.4million in 2007 had been an end-of-season win over the Hoops at Easter Road. On Saturday he was in his usual midfield berth as interim boss John Kennedy fielded a strong side, with Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor in for Adam Montgomery and James Forrest. However, it was very much a second string Hibs side. Jack Ross left out eight players, including attackers Martin Boyle, Christian Doidge and Kevin Nisbet, who will possibly start next week's showpiece, with Israel goalkeeper Ofir Marciano playing his last game before he departs the Leith club after five years. The visitors, understandably, looked more cohesive. Hibs defender Darren McGregor blocked an early shot from Mohamed Elyounoussi after the Hoops attacker had been played in by Taylor, then headed a corner over the bar at the other end. Elyounoussi, twice, and Parkhead midfielders David Turnbull and Callum McGregor all had efforts saved by Marciano as Celtic dominated possession. Then Hoops attacker Ryan Christie had a long-range effort fly past a post. In the 32nd minute referee Willie Collum blew his whistle to indicate an infringement in Hibs' defensive wall as Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard curled a free-kick from 25 yards into the net. The French forward was not as successful with his second attempt, hitting the wall. Marciano almost casually punched away a 20-yard drive from Elyounoussi in the 54th minute as Celtic's domination continued after the break. Leigh Griffiths and Forrest replaced Edouard and Christie on the hour mark, with Hibs hemmed in by sheer pressure of Celtic's pressing. Ross responded by beefing up his side. Doidge and Jackson Irvine came on in the 70th minute, with Melker Hallberg and Jamie Murphy making way, and Paul McGinn and Josh Doig soon replaced David Gray and Drey Wright. And the home defence remained firm, with Marciano foiling Forrest from close range. Celtic will look to re-set under a new boss in the summer, while Hibs can now look forward to their trip to Hampden."
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