Celtic captain Scott Brown reveals he rejected Tottenham
Celtic midfielder and captain Scott Brown has revealed that he rejected a chance to join Tottenham Hotspur in favour of stay with the Scottish giants (h/t BBC).
Brown has been with Celtic since 2007 and has amassed a huge number of trophies during his time with the Hoops. Regarded as one of the top defensive midfielders in Scotland, the veteran has now revealed that Tottenham made overtures to sign him ten years ago (h/t BBC).
The incident happened in 2010, when current Celtic boss took over the reins at the club for the first time. Harry Redknapp was our manager at the time. And according to Brown, Spurs made an attempt to land him from Celtic, only to be turned down (h/t BBC).
“When Neil got the job, I had the chance to go to Spurs and Newcastle. The club had done a lot for me and I wanted to stay. I enjoyed playing for Celtic and winning trophies.”
Having rejected Tottenham, Brown signed a new five-year contract at Celtic. Brown has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Celtic Park since.
Having missed out on the signing of Brown, Redknapp ended up signing Sandro from Internacional that summer. Safe to say, the Brazilian midfielder was anything but a success at our club, despite having had his moments.
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It was also the same window when Rafael van der Vaart signed for Spurs from Real Madrid. While the Dutchman did not stay at our club for a long time, he did prove to be a great addition for the time he was here.
As far as Brown is concerned, one can only imagine what could have been.