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?