Celtic: Australian side claim they’re ‘pretty close’ to signing Scott Brown

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Western Melbourne insist they are ‘pretty close’ to persuading Scott Brown to quit Celtic and move to Australia.

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Celtic captain Scott Brown is a target of Western Melbourne. Picture: SNS

Celtic captain Scott Brown is a target of Western Melbourne. Picture: SNS

The Hoops captain won his 17th major honour with Celtic when he came off the bench to help Brendan Rodgers make it seven trophy wins out of seven last month when they beat Aberdeen in the Betfred Cup Final.

But the veteran midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and newly formed club Western Melbourne are desperate to land him as their marquee signing for their first campaign in the A-League.

They have already made Brown an offer of a two-year deal with an option for a third which was turned down by the ex-Hibs star.

However, they have returned and appear to be very confident of landing their man and ending Brown’s 12-year stay at Celtic.

Western Melbourne’s Maurice Bisetto, one of three backers behind their consortium, said: “We are pretty close with some players including a marquee. We are looking at a pre-season start in June, so things need to get moving.

“We think Scott Brown has a lot of positives and could make a significant contribution to a new club... as a leader on and off the field.

“There’s no doubt we could go for a bigger name, and that might get eyeballs and put bums on seats initially, but we are really focused on results and performance and the style of football we want to play.”