Scott Brown’s departure is reportedly closer as he gets set to be offered a lucrative contract to head over to Australia today.

According to the Daily Record, the time has now come for the Celtic captain to make a life-changing decision. His future has been widely-speculated in recent weeks, with interest from Western Melbourne high.

Now, however, it appears that contact has been made according to the source. Melbourne are apparently prepping an offer to send over to the Hoops captain in a bid to sway him over to the other side of the world.

Scott Brown is a hero at Parkhead and always will be (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Celtic chiefs remain confident that Brown will commit his future to the Parkhead side.

But there’s not much the club can now do to stop the captain. Brown’s contract at Celtic Park only runs until the summer of 2019. The Hoops only signed him up on a two-year deal back at the start of the 2017/18 campaign.

Players are free to speak to other clubs when they enter the final six months of their contracts. Brown has been offered a new contract by the club, and has had several chats with Brendan Rodgers.

Everyone is desperate to hear Brown’s answer

The skipper was apparently waiting to see if Melbourne earned a franchise place in next season’s Australian top-flight. Rodgers, however, is desperate for his big-game man to stay.

His value to Celtic is enormous, even though people have been claiming that he’s on the decline. Brown put in a dreadful performance at Ibrox in last week’s 1-0 defeat. The truth is, however, that he was far from the only one.

The midfielder has been in-and-out of the team for the first time in years this season. That doesn’t necessarily mean that Rodgers is trying to ease him out of first-team matters, however.

Brown has been in-and-out of the side this season (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The Celtic manager has shown some real faith in his captain since arriving in Glasgow over two-and-a-half years ago. It’s now time for Brown to show some similar faith in the manager as the club close in on 10-in-a-row.

It could be difficult for the Hoops legend to turn down big-money from Australia, but he would certainly be worth keeping around.

Letting Brown go would prove to be a big mistake in the long-run. It appears, however, that the Hoops have done all they can to persuade him otherwise.

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