Celtic’s Scott Brown breaks record for most European games by Scotsman

Celtic's captain played in Wednesday night's win over Linfield. Picture: SNS
Celtic's captain played in Wednesday night's win over Linfield. Picture: SNS
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Scott Brown set a new record for appearances by a Scottish footballer in European competition when he led Celtic to their 4-0 win over Linfield on Wednesday night.

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It was the 83rd European match of Brown’s career, taking him beyond the previous landmark of 82 appearances set by former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson.

Brown made his European debut back in July 2004 for Hibs in a 1-1 draw against Lithuanian side Vetra at Easter Road in the Uefa Intertoto Cup. It was one of five European fixtures the midfielder played for Hibs before his £4.4 million transfer to Celtic in 2007.

The 32-year-old has now played in 78 European games for Celtic, taking him to the top of a select list of Scottish players on the continental stage.

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MOST APPEARANCES BY SCOTTISH PLAYERS IN UEFA CLUB COMPETITIONS

83 - Scott Brown (Hibs and Celtic)

82 - Barry Ferguson (Rangers)

81 - Kenny Dalglish (Celtic and Liverpool)

77 - David Narey (Dundee United)

70 - Paul Lambert (St Mirren, Motherwell, Borussia Dortmund and Celtic)

69 - Richard Gough (Dundee United and Rangers)

69 - Billy McNeill (Celtic)

67 - Darren Fletcher (Manchester United)

66 - Eamonn Bannon (Hearts and Dundee United)

64 - Bobby Lennox (Celtic)

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