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Celtic Legend Set To Part Ways In Favour Of Aberdeen: Blow For The Hoops?

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Despite grabbing an early lead, Celtic failed to draw an end to Rangers’ unbeaten league status on Sunday afternoon. The dream of ‘ten in a row’ is already shattered and the Hoops have an uphill battle next season to reclaim the lost throne. The Gers would only get stronger under Steven Gerrard’s tutelage, whereas Celtic might have to do it without skipper Scott Brown who is closing in on a summer exit after a glorious 14-year tenure, the Daily Record has claimed.

Brown, 35, joined the Hoops from Hibernian back in the summer of 2007. He soon grabbed a starting spot in the middle of the park and went on to feature more than 600 times across various competitions. 10 Premiership titles, as well as 6 Scottish Cup and League Cup trophies each, depict his astounding success at Parkhead, however, he is now ready to move on and join Aberdeen in a potential player/assistant manager role rejecting Celtic’s one-year extension plea.

Although Brown began as a box-to-box midfielder, he later attuned to a deep-lying slot exhibiting his physicality, hard tackles and combative nature. His recklessness has often been criticized by the rivals, but the Scotsman is still going strong with his usual attributes and dominant display while marshalling the backline.

Celtic skipper Scott Brown in action against Rangers
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Celtic Would Struggle To Fill The Void

Being in his mid-thirties, Brown has not been the same energetic and effective individual week in week out. He was even dropped at one stage by former boss Neil Lennon, but the sheer expertise brought him back in the lineup ahead of Ismaila Soro.

Soro, meanwhile, had a few decent outings deep-down the pitch and is tipped to be the long-term successor of the Hoops legend. The 22-year-old Ivorian is destructive, a workaholic and also capable of producing wonders with his vision and creativity. Yet it’s a colossal job to emulate someone of Brown’s stature and Celtic, therefore, are tipped to suffer without their leader.

Why It’s a Great Career Road Ahead For Brown

It’s a great opportunity for the former Scotland international though who would be the right-hand man of Stephen Glass at Aberdeen. The latter is set to replace Derek McInnes as the Pittodrie chief and the profound experience of Celtic skipper Scott Brown would enrich the Dons who are having an underwhelming league campaign with only 49 points from 33 games upon completion of the first phase of the competition.

Brown would still improve the Aberdeen midfield if he decides not to hang his boots and it is to be seen now whether his game-time gets prioritized over managerial duties in the coming days.

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