Roy Aitken hoping Scott Brown turns down move to Australia
Roy Aitken hoping Scott Brown turns down move to Australia with Celtic skipper out of contract next summer
- Roy Aitken hopes Scott Brown will reject any advances from Western Melbourne
- The Celtic skipper is in talks with the Parkhead club over a contract extension
- The 33-year-old is out of contract next summer and is yet to decide on his future
- Western Melbourne have identified Brown as their preferred marquee signing
Roy Aitken hopes Scott Brown will reject any advances from Western Melbourne – even if the A-League hopefuls table a bumper offer to the Celtic skipper.
Out of contract next summer, the 33-year-old is in talks with the Parkhead club over a contract extension which could encompass a possible coaching role.
Hopeful of landing one of two new slots in the Australian league, Western Melbourne have identified Brown as their preferred marquee signing, as Sportsmail revealed last week.
Roy Aitken hopes Scott Brown will reject any advances from Western Melbourne
On Friday, Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager, said his skipper should take time to consider his options.
But Aitken, who captained the Parkhead side to the centenary double in 1988, believes the man who presently wears the armband has the ability to continue playing for the champions for several years to come should he desire.
‘I would be very surprised if Scott Brown doesn’t continue playing for another few seasons,’ Aitken said.
‘I think he’s got too much to offer on and off the field because he’s a leader.
‘It will be Scott’s choice. I made the choice after playing 15 years and having been at the club for 18 years to go to Newcastle.
Aitken believes Brown has the ability to play for the champions for several years to come
‘It was just prior to the Italy World Cup and it felt like the right time for me to leave. I wanted to leave on a high.
‘Things were changing at the club and it was time for me to take the family away from the goldfish bowl I’d been in for all those years.
‘It was affecting them a little bit – the negativity that was coming from different sections so it was time for me to leave.
‘I can’t answer for Scott. All I can say is that he’s playing very, very well, he’s in a terrific team and is doing a great job as captain. He’s done that consistently. He leads by example.
‘He’s decided to step away from the Scottish set up to give himself a little bit more of a chance with Celtic so that was a big step for him as well.
‘He did that for the right reasons. Everyone agreed with it I believe. Now it’s up to him to decide what his next stage is.’ Aitken was last night inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame together with Archie Knox, Julie Fleeting and Ian McMillan.
Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager, said his skipper should take time to consider his options
The winner of 57 Scotland caps amid 672 appearances for Celtic, Aitken said he was thrilled to join a select band of players and managers.
‘It’s a great honour for me, especially when you see the list of names already inducted,’ he added.
‘It’s great to joining them, a lot I played with and against.’ Reflecting on his career highlights, Aitken said: ‘Representing Scotland meant everything. I played at every level from the youths right through.
‘Big Jock gave me my debut in 1979 and it culminated me captaining my country at the 1990 World Cup.
‘That’s your dream. You wanted to play for the team you supported, I signed for Celtic when I was 13.
‘After that it was the national team and I was so lucky to be involved at every level.
‘I worked with some incredible coaches. Jock Stein signed me, I was 16 and still at school.
‘It was a surreal scenario, I was sitting my highers and playing for the first team.
Brown guided Celtic to Scottish Cup glory in May along with the league title
‘At the end of that season Jock pulled me and told me I had a decision to make.
‘Billy McNeill came in after that and he was the most successful manager I played under.
‘That centenary season was one of the highlights for sure.
‘But there were many. I think back to my first season, I was 17, 18 and we won the double with players like Kenny Dalglish and Danny McGrain.
‘Tommy Burns was also in the team. That was the start of my career. But the centenary was special because of what it meant to the fans and because of what Graeme Souness had brought across the city.
‘There was such a strong rivalry. We had to stop them.’
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