CELTIC have wished legendary skipper Scott Brown best wishes in his retirement from playing at the age of 36.
The former 55 times-capped Scotland international midfielder has announced he is hanging up his boots, as CQN reported.
Brown cost £4.4million when Gordon Strachan bought him from Hibs in 2007 and he won 22 honours – including TEN titles – in his glittering 14-year career at Parkhead.
He left at the end of his contract last summer to take up a player-coach role at Aberdeen, but it was an ill-fated nine-month spell at Pittodrie and he left in March a couple of weeks after his friend and ex-Easter Road team-mate Stephen Glass had been sacked following the club’s Scottish Cup exit at Motherwell.
Celtic produced an emotional tribute video to give a favourite son a proper send-off and Callum McGregor, who took over the captain’s armband from the club icon, said: “It’s a sad day to see him retire.
“He retires with a huge legacy behind him as a Celtic player, captain and legend.
“So I wish him all the best in his next chapter but what a legacy he leaves behind.”
Tom Rogic added: “He’s obviously a hugely important person to this club and Scotland as a country.
“Incredible career, just the amount of games he’s played and the trophies he’s won alone is super impressive.
“Add on top of that what kind of character he was and how he led. He led by example and in every match for such a long period. He will certainly be remembered as one of the greats, that’s for sure.”
Brown plans to go into management and has already been linked with hometown club Raith Rovers who are looking for a new gaffer after John McGlynn quit to take over Falkirk.