Scott Brown names which side he nearly joined before joining Celtic

Celtic midfielder Scott Brown revealed why he turned down a move to Rangers to join the Bhoys in 2007.

Brown has no regrets after after winning 14 trophies in his 11 years with Celtic, including seven Scottish Premiership titles.

The Scottish international was one of the hottest prospects after coming through Hibernian’s youth set-up, before joining Celtic for a then-record fee between the two clubs (£4.4m).

While a big price to pay in Scotland at the time, Brown has certainly paid it all back given his success at Parkhead.

In an exclusive interview with CelticTV, the 32-year-old revealed his move was down to manager Gordon Strachan, reports The S*n:

“I had a couple of offers to go down to England. I had an offer to go to Rangers and an offer to come to Celtic.

“For me, I sat down with the managers and coaches once the bids were accepted from Hibs.

“I sat down with Gordon and me and Gordon connected really well.

“He believed in me and he wanted to build the team around myself, Aiden (McGeady) and a few of the younger ones that were coming through like Stephen McManus, Darren O’Dea and he was bringing in Scott McDonald as well.

“So I think the trust that he already put in me to sign me and for him to say that I was going to be part of his plans for the next two or three years going down the line, I think that was what was going to be exciting for me.”

Over the past decade, Scott Brown has been a nemesis to Rangers and it must shock fans to hear how close he came to joining the club he now hates the most.

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