Scott Brown ends 14-year spell at Celtic to join Aberdeen in the summer as player-coach … as Bhoys legend joins new manager Stephen Glass at Pittodrie
- Scott Brown ends a 14-year spell at Celtic to join Aberdeen
- The midfielder joins new boss Stephen Glass at Pittodrie in the summer
- Brown has won 22 trophies with Celtic, including 10 Scottish Premiership titles
- England coach Allan Russell is reportedly the next man to be watched by Aberdeen
Celtic captain Scott Brown will end his 14-year stint at the club to join Aberdeen as a player-coach this summer, it has been confirmed.
The 35-year-old has struck a pre-contract deal and will join former teammate Stephen Glass at Pittodrie.
The newly appointed Glass, who has returned from a spell at Atlanta United 2 in America, said of Brown’s signing: a huge coup for me and for Aberdeen. ‘
Scott Brown leaves Celtic after 14 successful years to join Aberdeen as a player coach
Pictured during a stint as Atlanta United’s interim coach, Stephen Glass has returned to Scotland to become Aberdeen’s new manager
Brown joined Celtic in 2007 and has won 10 Scottish Premiership titles
Brown went to Aberdeen on Thursday to undergo medical treatment and has now signed a two-year contract to both play and coach with the Dons.
The midfielder played alongside Glass at Hibernian earlier in his career before moving to Celtic in 2007, where he won 10 Scottish Premiership titles, six Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups.
Brown said of the move, “No doubt I had a lot to consider in determining my next steps, especially after fourteen successful years at Celtic.
But the opportunity to join Aberdeen, a club entering an exciting new era with my former teammate Stephen now at the helm, was one I couldn’t pass up.
Glass (left) and Brown (center), played for Hibs in a pre-season friendly against Charlton in July 2006
Brown (third from left) played in the Old Firm derby last weekend, but has now agreed to leave
‘When this season is over, I look forward to joining Stephen, the playing and coaching staff and everyone else at Aberdeen FC. I am fully committed to the challenge that lies ahead of us to fulfill the ambitions of the club and its fans.
‘I still feel that I have a lot to give, not only on the field, but in a broader sense now that I am starting my coaching journey. I will be relentless in my quest for success for Aberdeen. ‘
Brown’s decision means he will play in his last Old Firm derby in early May, in a season when Celtic lost the Scottish Premiership title to rivals Rangers.
Brown (second left in 2011) has won a whopping 22 trophies during an incredible spell at Celtic
The midfielder (second from left, in 2010) has been a mainstay on the Celtic side for 14 years
However, he is moving to one side of Aberdeen and entering a new new era under Glass, and Chairman Dave Cormack is expected to provide the funds to help Aberdeen become a force at the top of the table again.
The Sun also reports that Glass wants to bring in English coach Allan Russell as his assistant manager.
Russell is currently part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers and is expected to travel with the Three Lions to the European Championship this summer, even if he agrees to take a position at Aberdeen.
Chances are he won’t leave the English set-up and will instead combine both tasks.
English coach Allan Russell is reportedly next on Aberdeen’s wish list for their revamp
Russell (left) could keep his role as England coach and also work at Aberdeen on a daily basis