Scott Brown will end 14-year spell at Celtic to join Aberdeen as player-coach in the summer… as Bhoys legend gets set to join new manager Stephen Glass at Pittodrie
- Scott Brown is ending a trophy-laden 14-year spell at Celtic to join Aberdeen
- The midfielder will join new boss Stephen Glass at Pittodrie in the summer
- Brown has won 22 trophies at Celtic, including 10 Scottish Premiership titles
- England coach Allan Russell is reportedly the next man being eyed by Aberdeen
Celtic captain Scott Brown will end his 14-year spell at the club to join Aberdeen as a player-coach this summer, it has been confirmed.
The 35-year-old has agreed a pre-contract deal, and will join up with his former team-mate Stephen Glass at Pittodrie.
Newly-appointed Glass, who has returned from a spell with Atlanta United 2 in America, said of Brown’s signing: ‘The opportunity to bring a player of Scott’s calibre, a leader who has more European appearances for Celtic than any other player, is a huge coup for me and for Aberdeen.’
Scott Brown is leaving Celtic after a successful 14 years to join Aberdeen as player-coach
Stephen Glass, pictured during a spell as Atlanta United’s interim coach, has returned to Scotland to become Aberdeen’s new manager
Brown joined Celtic in 2007 and he has gone on to win 10 Scottish Premiership titles
Brown headed to Aberdeen to undergo a medical on Thursday, and has now agreed terms on a two-year contract both playing and coaching with the Dons.
The midfielder played alongside Glass at Hibernian earlier in his career, before heading to Celtic in 2007 where he has gone on to win 10 Scottish Premiership titles, six Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups.
Speaking about the move, Brown said: ‘There is no doubt I had a lot to deliberate when deciding my next steps, particularly after enjoying fourteen successful years at Celtic.
‘However, the opportunity to join Aberdeen, a club entering an exciting new period with my former team-mate Stephen now at the helm, was one I couldn’t pass up.
Glass (left) and Brown (centre), pictured playing for Hibs in a pre-season friendly against Charlton back in July 2006
Brown (third left) played in the Old Firm derby at the weekend but has now agreed to leave
‘Once this season concludes, I’m looking forward to joining Stephen, the playing and coaching staff and everyone at Aberdeen FC. I am totally committed to the challenge that lies ahead in meeting the ambitions of the club and its fans.
‘I still feel I have got a lot to give, not only on the pitch, but in a broader capacity as I embark on my coaching journey. I will be relentless in my quest for success for Aberdeen.’
Brown’s decision means he will play in his final Old Firm derby at the start of May, in a season where Celtic have lost out on the Scottish Premiership title to rivals Rangers.
Brown (second left in 2011) has won a massive 22 trophies during an incredible spell at Celtic
The midfielder (second left, in 2010) has been a mainstay in the Celtic side for 14 years
He does, though, move to an Aberdeen side entering a fresh new era under Glass, and chairman Dave Cormack is expected to provide the funds to help Aberdeen become a force again at the top of the table.
The Sun also report that Glass wants to bring England coach Allan Russell in as his co-assistant manager.
Russell is currently with Gareth Southgate’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers and would be expected to travel to the Euros with the Three Lions this summer even if he agrees to take up a position at Aberdeen.
There is also the chance that he will not leave the England set-up, and instead combine both duties.
England coach Allan Russell is reported to be next on Aberdeen’s wish-list for their revamp
Russell (left) could keep his role as an England coach and also work day-to-day at Aberdeen