Scott Brown has revealed he was on the cusp of joining Newcastle United in the January transfer window of 2010 after a blazing row with then Celtic manager Tony Mowbray.
In an interview with the Daily Record Brown opened up on the falling out between him and former Hoops defender Mowbray midway through the 2009/10 campaign, resulting in the ex-Hibs boss suggesting the future Celtic captain might want to find a new club with the January window fast approaching.
And Brown admitted he could have joined Tottenham Hotspur around the same time, with Harry Redknapp seeking to lure the midfielder to White Hart Lane.
Brown said: “I didn’t want to leave [Celtic]. I enjoyed playing for Celtic and all my family were there. But then I was told to find myself a new club.
“It hit me like a hammer when [Mowbray] told me to find a new club. I had to get back on the phone and tell people ‘I think I might be free to leave in January’.
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“Then all these offers started coming in and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, whatever happens happens’.”
Brown had an offer from Newcastle, who at the time were playing in the English Championship, but Spurs were also keen on securing his services.
He continued: “I had an offer from Newcastle. There had been also interest from Harry Redknapp at Spurs and I was waiting to find out if he was still wanting to do something. So I [was] sitting there thinking if I should go or not.”
But once it got out that Brown was on the verge of a stunning exit, the club circulated a statement denying that the midfielder was heading for the Parkhead exit.
A fortnight later, Brown had been handed the captain’s armband and hasn’t looked back since.
He finished: “Looking back, as absurd as it all was, [getting the captain’s armband] was the moment that changed my entire Celtic career. I suppose I’ve got to thank [Mowbray] for that.”