Celtic got their way in one of the biggest sagas of the season regarding Scott Brown’s contract extension.
There was plenty of speculation linking our legendary captain to Australian outfit Western Melbourne. There were times where it looked like he was truly set to bring to an end his 11-year stay in Glasgow.
But, fortunately for the Hoops, Brown ended up dismissing the Aussie interest and signed up for another two-years at Parkhead. Brown has been quick to say that he’s likely to hang up the boots come the end of it (Daily Record). That would take the Celtic captain up to (hopefully) 10-in-a-row.
And speaking in the Scottish Sun, Lennon hailed Brown’s signing and expressed the importance of it for the club.
“I had not one shred of doubt about him when I came back as manager earlier this year. He was outstanding in the run-in. I was so glad Scott had signed a new contract before that because I know what it’s like when you are debating what you might do at that stage of your career.
“You might be thinking of a new challenge, and it can eat away at you subconsciously. Scott just wasn’t on it, but as soon as he signed it was as if the light came back on, and he was back to his best again.
“Broony had the Australian offer, but if he’d gone he would probably have regretted it as soon as he set foot on the tarmac at Melbourne airport. Now he is here, he has just won another Treble and is still leading the team from the front.”
Brown’s contract extension will prove to be the right choice in time
You could see the logic in any potential move to Australia. Brown would’ve strolled the A-League for a start, as he has far too much quality for that level of football. That’s not even worth debating.
The move would also have allowed him to effectively settle and potentially retire in a beautiful, sun-kissed country. Brown could’ve lived out his days sitting on an Aussie beach as he went through his coaching apprenticeship. His reputation in the game could’ve probably led to him landing a role over there too.
But he turned it down and continued to show the utmost commitment to Celtic. The Hoops captain is still chasing 10-in-a-row, and if we can achieve it, it will have proven to be the best decision Brown could’ve made for his career.
Celtic, of course, have already won two more domestic trophies since Brown turned down the deal. You could argue that it’s already turned out to be a superb decision.
But there are greater rewards to come for our captain before he calls time on a sensational playing career. Lennon is clearly thankful that he’ll be doing so at Parkhead instead of Melbourne.
And now, Brown’s eyes will be solely focused on bringing home title number nine of the 10-in-a-row run.