After spending a staggering 14 years with the club, Scott Brown will finally call time on his Celtic career at the end of the season.
Brown is set to join Aberdeen as a player/coach with a pre-contract being agreed earlier today.
Outgoing Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said the club had tried to keep Brown, describing him as the the most influential figure in Scottish football in the past 15 years.
After the news was confirmed, Brown shared a heartfelt statement in which he thanked the Celtic board, past managers and fans.
“I would like to sincerely thank Peter, Dermot and the Celtic Board for their tremendous support over so many years. We have always enjoyed a great relationship and always worked closely together to bring our fans as much success as possible.” He said.
“I 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.
“I have always given my best to the club and always wanted the best for our fans. We have enjoyed some fantastic moments and success together, dominating the game in Scotland so regularly and enjoying some great European nights.
“It 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.
“We 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.”
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