Scott Brown has cleared out his locker and issued an emotional farewell to the Celtic support- signing off with the hint of a return.
Fourteen years and 22 trophy lifts after moving from Hibs the Fifer is hitting the high road to Pittodrie for the final chapter of his playing career.
With a massive turnover coming up at Celtic, Brown opted to take up the offer from Stephen Glass to make the move to Aberdeen and start the transition into coaching.
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It has came to an end of an era during which I have had so many fantastic times and met so many amazing people over my journey in the last 14 seasons.
I’d like to say thanks to the board who put trust in me all that time ago and continued to believe in me until the very end of my time at Celtic.
I have to thank my teammates I have had the pleasure playing with over the years who have been my rock. The managers who have given me confidence and made me push boundaries and keep my standards high.
To everyone associated with the club who have made me feel like part of their family. A huge thanks to all of the supporters who have travelled the world supporting us over the years and I am sorry I didn’t have time to say goodbye in person.
One last thank you to my family who have supported my dream over the years and had to put up with me throughout. Hopefully one day we meet again
Apart from a spell in December when Ismaila Soro was preferred Brown was a first pick in the Celtic side alongside Callum McGregor in the strangest season of his career.
Sadly it didn’t finish up the way that everyone at the club had hoped but as time progresses the magnitude of winning 12 successive domestic trophies will be recognised. During the nineties Celtic won three trophies, each domestic honour once.
The closing line of Brown’s message suggests that his ambitions follow in the footsteps of Billy McNeill and Tommy Burns who both left after lengthy playing days before returning as manager.