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BYE-BYE BROONY (PART ONE): AIM IS TO PLAY UNTIL 40 – JUST LIKE STRACHAN

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CELTIC skipper Scott Brown will leave the club at the end of the season for a new adventure at Aberdeen.

The midfield dynamo, who will be 36 in June, was signed by Gordon Strachan for £4.4million from Hibs in May 2007 – a record transfer fee between Scottish clubs – and has gone on to win a phenomenal TWENTY-TWO medals, 10 titles, six Scottish Cups and six League Cups.

He also found the time to cram in 55 games for Scotland.

CQN has been sifting through our files to pick out some Broony highlights.

SCOTT BROWN revealed in an interview that he was aiming to play until he’s FORTY – just like old boss Gordon Strachan.

The Celtic skipper was virtually unstoppable in his silverware quest and was the champions’ onfield leader in recent seasons as the Hoops dominated the domestic scene with nine successive titles.

Brown named his inspiration as Strachan, who kicked off his career at Dundee before moving to Aberdeen and then onto Manchester United. The mighty atom hit 40-year milestone as he saw out his playing career at Coventry City.

The Celtic captain admitted: “As long as I can keep up with the lads, I deserve to be there. The day I struggle in training and games and I know myself and the manager knows it and 60,000 people know it, too – that’s the day I call it quits.

“I’m not going to say it will be one or two seasons – you see Gordon Strachan going on until 40 and Ryan Giggs playing late on.

“You have people like that who you look up to and you think: ‘If I work as hard as I possibly can, then can I push my body to play till 39 or 40?’.

“You never know. I have loved every minute at Celtic and would never want to leave.

“But if a time comes that I feel I can still play and the manager maybe thinks my fitness level isn’t up to playing in the Champions League or Europa League and 60 games a season – they might think I could play 20 games a season or let me move elsewhere to enjoy the last few years of my career chilling out and playing but not winning trophies.

“For me, I signed for Celtic to win trophies and I have done not too bad at that. I still have that drive.”

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