New contract ties Scott Brown to Celtic until 2018

Scott Brown made his Celtic debut against Kilmarnock in August 2007. Picture PA
Scott Brown made his Celtic debut against Kilmarnock in August 2007. Picture PA
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CELTIC captain Scott Brown has signed a new contract with the Scottish champions that will commit him to the club until the summer of 2018, the Parkhead club have announced.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who also captains Scotland, made his Celtic debut against Kilmarnock in August 2007 after signing from Hibernian and, under manager Ronny Deila, is looking for his fourth consecutive Premiership title this season.

Brown told the club’s official website said: “It’s an absolute privilege to extend my contract with Celtic, a brilliant football club and with such incredible supporters. This is a place that I call home.

“Being Celtic captain is a tremendous honour and it is a role which I cherish dearly. The team is in a great place just now and we’re all right behind the manager and the backroom team as they build for the future.

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“I will do all I can with the manager and all the players at the club to deliver the success which our supporters deserve.”

Celtic will have to do without the services of their captain tomorrow when they host Dundee. Brown is serving a one-match suspension following his dismissal in the 2-1 win over 
Aberdeen earlier this month.

The Parkhead club are expected to fill the void by redeploying Stefan Johansen in a deeper role. The Norwegian midfielder has experience of playing the holding position for his country and helped them to a 1-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Azerbaijan in Baku on Saturday.

“I wish we had Scott available for the game,” said Johansen. “But he isn’t, so if the gaffer wants me to play in that position, I’m happy to play there. It’s no problem for me but we’ll see.

“I play as a holding midfielder for the national team, which is different to the role I have had with Celtic lately.”

Johansen has played in a more advanced position with Celtic, and has scored three times in his last six games.

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