Scott Brown reveals why he turned down Spurs and Newcastle for Celtic

By John McGinley

May 14, 2021

Scott Brown has been reflecting on his Celtic career and why he turned down some big English teams over the years.

Brown had the chance to move to the English Premier League twice, once to Tottenham Hotspur and another time to Newcastle United.

However, he went on to become a 14-year veteran of the Hoops, winning over 20 trophies and becoming a legendary captain.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the offers he’s had, Brown said: “I had an offer from Spurs, from Harry Redknapp, but it was too soon for myself. I think I wanted to come to Celtic, I wanted to enjoy it.

“I was starting to really enjoy my football at the club and they put a lot of faith into me, especially during hard times as well, and they stuck by me so it was great to give a little bit back and Neil was the manager at the time.

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“I had an opportunity to go to Newcastle and I was out of contract but Lenny was like: ‘I want to keep you as captain, I want to build the team around you, I think we can push on and keep this winning mentality going’.

“We were doing quite well at the time and it was one of those things. I was thinking ‘do I want to talk and stay at Celtic, do I want to go down [to England] and have a fresh start, or do I want to keep winning and show everyone that I am a good player, that I can keep winning and deal with this’.”

I’m biased, but I reckon Broony made the right choice. He’s become an icon at one of Europe’s biggest clubs and won more honours than the vast majority of other footballers.

Sure, the money and challenge of the Premier League would have been good for him too. But Newcastle and Spurs aren’t exactly perennial trophy winners, are they?

It doesn’t sound like he has any regrets anyway. In spite of the obvious disappointment of the Celtic horror show this season, Brown has cut a contented, satisfied figure at Celtic this week. Fair play to him.

In other news, Celtic announce kit change to commemorate an Gorta Mór.