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BROONY TRIBUTES FROM FORREST, CALMAC

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STALWARTS James Forrest and Callum McGregor hope to play their part when skipper Scott Brown makes his final appearance as a Celt at Parkhead tomorrow night.

The old warhorse, who will be 36 next month, will face St Johnstone in his last hurrah in the green-and-white hoops as a miserable season edges towards it conclusion.

Brown, who has won a remarkable 22 honours during his 14-year career at the club following his £4.4million arrival from Hibs, will have one match to play following the visit of the Scottish Cup Finalists when he returns to Easter Road on Saturday afternoon.

The midfielder can then focus on his new career as player/coach at Aberdeen after agreeing a two-year pre-contract with the Dons.

Forrest and McGregor rolled back the years to thank their colleague for the memories.

THE THREE AMIGOS…James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Scott Brown prepare for the Betfred League Cup Final success in December 2019.

LEADING THE WAY…Scott Brown in training this week alongside Callum McGregor and James Forrest.

The 29-year-old Scotland international winger shares the distinction alongside Brown of playing in all nine successive title triumphs – a feat first achieves by Lisbon Lions Billy McNeill, Jimmy Johnstone and Bobby Lennox from 1966 to 1974.

On May 1, 2010, Forrest made his debut when he replaced Aiden McGeady against Motherwell in Glasgow and scored the third goal in the 4-0 win. Brown, who had taken over the captaincy from Stephen McManus, was one of the first to congratulate the new Bhoy.

Now, just over 11 years later, the players will combine in Paradise for the last time.

Forrest, speaking to the Celtic website, said: “Broony, all the best for the future, my man.

FAREWELL, OLD CHUM…Scott Brown and James Forrest celebrate the winger’s strike against St Mirren in September. Patryik Klimala, now with New York Red Bulls, joins in.

“I just wanted to say, it’s been a pleasure training with you, playing with you and working with you over the years. You’ve done so much, you’ve helped me so much, you’ve taken me under your wing during so many successful years.

“It’s been a great time to look back on and I wish you all the best in your new role up in Aberdeen. Take it easy!”

McGregor and Brown jointly held aloft the Scottish Cup five days before Christmas last year as the club sealed a phenomenal quadruple treble when they overcame stubborn Hearts in the penalty-kick shoot-out after a dramatic extra-time 3-3 stalemate.

The anchorman has partnered the veteran since Ronny Deila gave him his first appearance in 2014.

THE LAST HAMPDEN HURRAH…Callum McGregor and Scott Brown after sealing the quardruple treble in December last year.

McGregor, who is now tipped to take over armband duties, said: “Broony, just a quick message to say a big thanks for everything you’ve done at the club. You’ve been an unbelievable player, an unbelievable captain and unbelievable guy.

“To have had such an amazing career at this club takes real responsibility, real quality, real class, and that’s everything that you possess.

“So, just a big thank you from everyone at the club and from myself. You’ve been unbelievable.”

The Celtic fans have already been paying their tributes to the evergreen performer and CQN will display their colourful send-off in the countdown to the final farewell.

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