Newcastle Interested In Scottish International Midfielder

There’s another report out  today that Newcastle may be interested in Celtic midfielder and captain Scott Brown.

Scott Brown – are Newcastle interested in the Scottish International?

Newcastle were linked with brown in the summer, and it was shortly after manager Alan pardew had talked about the low level of play in the Scottish premier League, and at the time Scott said he wasn’t interested in joining Newcastle.

It was back in June and this is what Scott said at that time:

“I’ve heard all the stuff about Newcastle but I haven’t paid the slightest attention to it.”   “I’m captain of Celtic Football Club, why would I even think about going anywhere else?”

“I have a hunger to win more trophies as Celtic captain so that I can look back at my time at the club and consider myself to have been a success.”

Brown has not signed a new contract at Celtic yet, and his contract runs out next June, so it could be that Newcastle may make a move for the midfielder in January, when they could possibly get him in a cut price deal,  or for nothing next summer.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon thinks clubs will already know about the situation with his captain, and he had this to say today when asked whether clubs will know about his contract situation:

“I think they’ll already know. I’m sure the agents will have made other clubs aware of it. We’ll get a chance to speak to Scott when we have time and we’ll see where we are. Then we’ll have a clearer picture.”

26 year-old Scott, born in Dunfermline, is a good player and since joining Celtic from Hibs in 2007, has played 169 times for the Glasgow giants with 15 goals and had played 27 times for Scotland with two goals..

Brown was transferred in the summer of 2007 for £4.4M from Hibs, and that was the biggest transfer fee exchanged between two Scottish clubs.

At the moment the player is out with a persistent ankle injury,  and not expected to return for about another month or so, as the medics are giving the injury ample time to fully heal.

We’re really not sure if Newcastle are interested in this player, but he will not cost £4M in January, as  some reports are suggesting, given that he can leave for nothing next summer – certainly Newcastle will not bid that amount for the Scottish International.

Scott can play in central midfield or out on the right wing, and it remains to be seen if there is valid interest in the player from Newcastle.

But the Magpies will be able to speak to Brown  in January, and could possibly fix up a deal at that time for Scott to join them as a free agent next summer – if they are interested.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    hope not a cant stand him he’s an absalute tw*t and he’s not even a good footballer, would never get in our team, would rather have Guthrie and Gosling and hell ad even play Perch CM ahead of Brown plus he’s always injured

  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    he wouldnt cost a penny could get him on a pre contract agreement, but dont want him he’ sh*te

  • G

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Agreed, seen him play a few times, and seen nothing that would endear me to him. We appear to have a wealth of central midfielders already anyway, so where would he even play?

  • Thump

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #4

    1. He’s a Scottish footballer.
    2. He plays for Celtic.
    3. He’s Celtic’s captain.
    4. He f’in loves himself and is an arrogant little so and so.

    In the words of FM: “Thump believes Brown would be a bad signing.”

  • yorkshireToon

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #5

    never seen him play but given the amount of talent we have in the midfield and together with the fact he plays for celtic i’m gonna have to label this as someone getting bored and making up a story

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #6

    I know enough about the SPL to know we don’t need any players brought in from that league 🙂 let’s stick with the Frenchies, eh??

  • Eyeball81

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Dunno mind Toon_jock….that Jelavic from rangers looked ok the other day

  • wynsleap

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #8

    This has to be a joke – doesn’t it?
    We have better players like Guthrie, Gosling, Vuckic and Abeid who can’t get into our midfield and even Benny and Marveaux are only getting bit parts at the moment.
    Scott Brown – from the Mickey Mouse League – yeah right.

  • Cal92

    Oct 26, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #9

    I reckon if we could get him for 1-1.5million then it would be a decent signing, otherwise just stay well clear

  • branunited

    Oct 26, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    for my, mark noble or jack collison, are best player, than scott brown.
    noble debut for west ham under alan pardew.

  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Sorry but this is absolute tosh.

    Why would we get rid of barton and nolan to bring in someone whos more thuggish and less technically gifted.

    Only player I would want from Scotland is that Rangers Winger/Striker Naismith as he seems like a great finisher.

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Not a fan of this idea, Falkirk is my second club and have watched him often enough to comment.

    The guy does have a good engine and has the will to win, will run for 90 mins and will put himself about and is not shy to tackle. But we have a midfield that regularly tops the distance run charts and are not shy to tackle

    He lacks any real quality and is not a fineness player too crude for that so do not see what he would add to the squad and I doubt he would be willing to come to NUFC as a squad/back up player when he can be a big fish in a very small puddle.

    Although I will defer to the footballing knowledge of our scouting network and if they see something in him that I have missed then I am quite happy to be shown to be wrong.

    On a side note has anyone else read THISthe top ten prem games as voted on by fans and NUFC fill five of the selections.

  • bambams

    Oct 26, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #13

    show my ar@e in fenwicks window if this came off……

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Disappointed to be linked to him and Ridgewell.

    Brown is good in a very poor league but not really skilful and and creative in any major sense and Ridgewell is the own goal king !!

  • toonbrother

    Oct 26, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #15

    He’s cr*ap not good enough for NUFC

  • chuck

    Oct 26, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s obvious that few of those commenting, apart from cupid stunt, have any clue about Brown.
    At present our one indispensable player is Tiote, think of Brown as the Scots equivalent.
    We could either platoon them or use them in tandem when playing such teams as Stoke and Wolves.
    He would be a good buy for four mill.
    But somehow i dont expect it to happen, but he will go to the EPL in the near future, as everyone needs a tough tackling DM.
    As for the comments above, don’t keep embarrassing yourselves guys!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 26, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #17


    you’re embarrassing yourself mentioning him in the same breath as Tiote


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