Sport Brown unable to picture leaving Celtic

19:06  12 january  2018
19:06  12 january  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Scott Brown: Compper has made an instant impact at Celtic

  Scott Brown: Compper has made an instant impact at Celtic As Celtic fans eagerly await the debut of January signing Marvin Compper later this month, club captain Scott Brown has spoken glowingly about the Bhoys’ new recruit. The 32-year-old completed a £1m move from Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig last week and has travelled with the squad to Dubai for a winter training Camp and Brown has been impressed with the centre-backs efforts. Speaking to Celtic TV, Brown states that Compper has made an instant impact, making an effort to get to know his teammates ahead of the second half of the season. “He came in and he has been very positive. He speaks well and he even understands what I say, which helps! He has come in and joined in with the lads and gone out for dinner with us, so it’s good to get to know the new players who come in.” Brendan Rodgers is expected to oversee a defensive shakeup this month. Following the arrival of Compper, Danish centre-back Erik Sviatchenko is expected to leave the club with FC Copenhagen linked with a move, while there has also been talk that Cristian Gamboa could leave to play more regular football in a World Cup year.

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Scott Brown has spoken to the Daily Record about his future, saying that he wishes to continue his playing career at Celtic Park for years to come.

Now at 32, he has said that he is encouraged to keep on playing by stories such as Kevin Thomson and John Kennedy.

Johnson, a former Rangers and Hibernian star is 33 now and had to retire due to injury, while Kennedy, Brown’s friend from his time at Celtic, had to retire from football at 26 after an ankle and knee injury.

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Speaking to the media, Brown said:

“I just try to keep going. I know I’m getting older and one of these days I’m going to slowly fall down. But as long as my legs can take it I’ll keep battering them.”

Crystal Palace join race to sign Jozo Simunovic

  Crystal Palace join race to sign Jozo Simunovic Crystal Palace have joined Premier League riBurnleyrnely in the hunt to sign Celtic centre half Jozo Simunovic, according to The Daily Record. With Burnley boss Sean Dyche reportedly being a big fan of the Bosnian defender, there is certainly plenty of interest down south that Celtic will have to consider. Currently valued at up to £8 million, Brendan Rodgers may be prepared to once again rake in some cash for the Scottish Champions, whose budget is nothing near the money that English clubs have available. The 23-year-old has Champions League experience this season but has had his ups and downs in the heart of the defence alongside Dedryck Boyata. A standout performance came in the 3-0 away win against Anderlecht but he also had a nightmare performance when Celtic saw their first defeat of the season away at Hearts last month. Domestically, Simunovic has only started nine games this season and has struggled with a hamstring problem, ruling him out of some important games for Celtic, meaning that Rodgers could have to seriously consider any big money offers that come in. A move does seem possible with the emergence of young Kristoffer Ajer, who has been chosen over Simunovic in recent weeks, including for the Old Firm game, showing that he may have slipped down the defensive pecking order. If any move does go through it would leave the Hoops light in defence with Erik Sviatchenko also seemingly heading for the Parkhead exit door. New signing Marvin Compper is also unable to play against Zenit St. Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League, so this could potentially be a stumbling block to any transfer deal.

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Brown has been ever-present for Celtic since joining from Hibernian in 2007 and was given the armband in 2010. He doesn’t look ready to pack it in yet either, that and his 14 domestic honours while in the East of Glasgow.

The Celtic captain is currently taking his coaching badges, with one eye on his career after football and he is getting plenty of advice from former managers such as Gordon Strachan and Neil Lennon, and current Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers.

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Celtic are the eighth best supported club in Europe .
Scottish champions Celtic have been ranked eighth in a detailed UEFA report for the top 20 most supported clubs in Europe, while arch-rivals Rangers are in 13th place, according to the Daily Record. Celtic are well known for their passionate support and match days at Paradise are almost always sold out. Celtic are one in 11 clubs that have seen over one million spectators, with the Hoops reaching an impressive figure of 1,039,794. They are in the company of many of Europes finest clubs, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Schalke and Manchester City. The overall attendances for Scottish football is seeing a very healthy increase of more than 15% across the stadiums in the Scottish top flight. Rangers just missed out on the one million mark and reached an overall figure of 933,964 spectators through the turnstiles. In the report, UEFA also revealed the kit maintenance revenue of each club and Celtic, yet again, were amongst the big boys. Although they make considerably less than the likes of Manchester United, the Hoops make between €75 million and €150 million, which is very impressive. They sealed the hat-trick when they were also named in the top 24 clubs for official club website traffic, with no other Scottish side making the list. The figures show how Celtic are beginning to compete off the field with many of the European giants and this will help them to attract more fans and players.

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