BIRTHDAY Bhoy Scott Brown will celebrate turning 35 today.
The Celtic skipper will spend the morning going through his paces at Lennoxtown as he prepares for the Premiership kick-off on August 1.
Brown, who cost the champions a-then Scottish club record fee of £4.4million when Gordon Strachan bought him from Hibs in May 2007, is determined to lead the team to a historic tenth successive title while adding to his 21 medals.
There have been opportunities for the club’s onfield leader to take his talents elsewhere, but the Fifer has remained loyal to the club and has lot none of his trademark enthusiasm.
Brown, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “When I had the chance to go to Australia or the USA last year there were a lot of people who couldn’t understand why I stayed and signed a two-year contract because they thought my best days were already behind me.
“But I enjoy proving people wrong.
“There’s no question that America and Australia both looked good. They had the sunshine, the beaches, the golf courses and the lovely lifestyle that goes with that.
“But winning games in front of a full Celtic Park, winning trebles and clinching nine in a row definitely tops it.
“I came to Celtic because I wanted to win trophies, play in the Champions League and test myself against the best players in the world. I’ve done all of those things and loved it and I still want more.
“Celtic fans demand that we get the best players in Scotland and put in performances in the right manner.
“I thrive under that kind of pressure, especially if pundits and even supporters think my legs have gone.”
Brown made 50 appearances last season as the team racked up their ELEVENTH successive domestic honour and were due to play Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final when football went into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He added: “I cherish every single moment I go on the park now. That’s why I play with a smile nowadays, which I didn’t really 10 years ago.
“Playing in front of 60,000 fans is something that isn’t going to last forever, so you need to take it all in. I enjoy training and even the drive through to Lennoxtown.
“I have a routine that I’ve followed now for 13 years and I don’t ever want it to end. But it will one day, so you just have to make the most of it while you can.
“Staying injury-free and having a good attitude helps too. Proving people wrong is something I’ve done since I was a kid.
“When I was younger, I was told I wasn’t strong enough, wasn’t tall enough and I wasn’t aggressive enough.
“I went away and tried to work on all of those things and maybe went a bit too far on the aggression sometimes.
“But that’s what I’ve always done and what I intend to continue doing while playing with a smile on my face.”