Scott Brown to leave Celtic at the end of the season
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Scott Brown to leave Celtic at the end of the season

CELTIC'S CAPTAIN Scott Brown has confirmed that he will be leaving the Scottish club at the end of the season.

The Hoops skipper has confirmed he will take up a new position as a player/coach with Aberdeen next season.

After 14 years with the club, the much-adored captain will bid farewell on somewhat of a sad note, with fierce rivals Rangers winning the league.

However, his CV at Celtic speaks for itself, and is one that only a few players would ever be able to boast.

In a statement released on Thursday, Scott Brown said: "It was a privilege to sign for this great club all those years ago and it has been an absolute honour to play for and Captain Celtic for so many years.'

"I would like to sincerely thank Peter, Dermot and the Celtic Board for their tremendous support over so many years.Β  We have always enjoyed a great relationship and always worked closely together to bring our fans as much success as possible.

β€œI would also like to thank the great Celtic managers I have had the good fortune to work with and also so many team-mates and, of course, the Celtic fans who have given me such phenomenal support and backing over the years.

β€œI have always given my best to the Club and always wanted the best for our fans. Β We have enjoyed some fantastic moments and success together, dominating the game in Scotland so regularly and enjoying some great European nights.

β€œIt is a huge decision to leave this magnificent club, which has been such a massive part of my life for so long, but this is a new opportunity for me and a new chapter. Celtic will never leave me and the Club will forever be in my heart.

β€œWe still have work to do this season and that will of course, as ever be my full focus as we try to bring our fans more success."

Celtic's Chief Executive Peter Lawwell has paid tribute to Brown and said the 35-year-old would forever be remembered as a club legend.

β€œScott Brown has been the heartbeat of Celtic for so long and without doubt, the most influential figure in the Scottish game across the past 15 years.

"With more than 600 appearances for the Club, he has made an imprint on Celtic which puts him in the company of our other true greats - and with a legacy to match."