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Celtic legend Scott Brown has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36. Brown left his player-coach role at Aberdeen to shift his focus to coaching development. Celtic boss Ange Postecglou earlier this season opened the door for a potential return but Brown has decided to concentrate on management. Brown made 787 appearances for Hibernian, Celtic, and Aberdeen and earned 55 caps for Scotland.

“It’s been a very difficult decision to call time on my playing career but I’ll be 37 next month and I feel the time is right for me to announce that I’m retiring in order to focus fully on becoming a manager,” Celtic legend Scott Brown said. “It’s the end of one chapter but the start of a new one and I’m excited about what the future might hold. Obviously, I will cherish some amazing moments from my time and none is better than winning so many trophies during my years at Celtic. So I’m delighted that the club is now about to celebrate winning the title back.”

“It was always an honor for me going out there as captain, knowing the lads were listening to you in that huddle, with 50,000 fans behind us wanting us to do our best,” he added. “Yes my last season didn’t go that well but that’s football. You’d take nine out of 10 titles all day long! So I’ll just have to take that one on the chin. But you learn lessons from the tough times too and I think everyone at the club took those lessons on board. I know how it feels to lift that trophy and how much hard work is required to win it. So I have to take my hat off to Ange Postecoglou for the job he has done in such a short space of time. I hope the manager and the players savor every moment.”

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