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Lennon makes surprise contract announcement

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Neil Lennon has admitted that there may be one more contract available to Scott Brown.

The Celtic skipper signed a new deal earlier this year that keeps him at the club until June 2021, when he turns 36.

Various players such as Olivier Ntcham and Eboue Kouassi have been brought in with an eye on succeeding Brown but it looks like the former Hibs midfielder could outlast them all.

Brown continued his outstanding form at Hampden on Saturday where he scored twice against Hibs to book Celtic a place in the final of the Betfred Cup.

Speaking about his skipper after the match Neil Lennon told the Daily Record:

He had a little bit of a toe problem at the start of the season, that was curtailing him but he’s over that now. As for another contract, the way he’s playing at the minute, it might cost us a few bob!

It will depend on how he’s feeling and how he’s playing at the time. I think he’s got another year after this one. We’ll take a view of that maybe this time next year, with him as well.

Brown and Callum McGregor have formed a near perfectly balanced partnership in the centre of the Celtic team leaving Ntcham and Nir Bitton on the outside.

Despite an injury concern going into the Hibs match the Celtic skipper charged 60 yards in the closing minutes of the game to score Celtic’s fifth goal.

A different type of performance will be required against Lazio on Thursday but with a place in the knock out phase of the Europa League on the line there’s no one Lennon would rather have leading the side than the young-at heart 34-year-old.

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