SCOTT BROWN has revealed he would love to see Celtic strike a deal for his midfield sparring partner John McGinn.

The Hoops skipper has relished the challenge from his Hibs counterpart in the past and admits he would welcome him to Parkhead.

Brown, who joined from the Easter Road club 11 years ago in a £4.4million switch, hopes McGinn takes the same path.

He said: “We get on really well off the park. It’s always harder to play against your mates, more than anything.

“It’s always going to be a battle playing against him. He gets the ball and drives forward.

“He has done it with Scotland, as well. He has taken Hibs by the scruff of the neck and strolled through most of the games in the Premiership last season.

“He wants to fight, he wants to battle. He’s one of the strongest ones there is. Everyone says you would want him beside you rather than against you.

“He’s got a great left foot, he’s strong, he wants to win the ball back. He also has a goal in him, so he has pretty much everything you need.”

Brown reckons his 23-year-old pal is an even better prospect than he was at Hibs before his move to the Hoops.

He added: “When I was John’s age, I was a totally different player to him. I just ran about smashing people. John’s got a lot more than I had at that age.

“I’ve matured into playing central midfield and sitting in front of the back four more.

“John’s still got that energy to go from box to box. When he has that, he might as well use it to his full ability.”

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