He was offered a new deal at Celtic – but Scott Brown believes Aberdeen is the right club for him.

The 35-year-old will join the Dons in the summer after 14 trophy-laden years with Celtic. While uncertainty surrounding the manager at Parkhead played its part, Brown says the opportunity to take the next step in his career was a big pull.

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The Celtic captain is off to Aberdeen. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He said: “I got offered another year at Celtic. It was a hard situation because it would have to be sitting waiting until the end of the season to see who comes in, and for me to have that fresh start with someone that I know, I trust and I respect fully, and maybe sit in at Celtic until the end of the season not sure what to do or who’s coming in.

“I think that played on my mind as well.  It’s going to be a sad time when I do leave, but it’s been fantastic as well. I’ve enjoyed every single moment of it.  Winning trophies, winning games, playing in front of some fantastic fans as well.

“I think I’ve got to look at the selfish point of view as well, that I can’t just go in there and run a dressing room and be the guy where I still believe that I can play football.
“Aberdeen offered me a two-year deal and it was an offer that I couldn’t turn down.

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Great chance. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I’ll be 36 in the summer, but I still feel good. I’ve been playing a lot of games this season, I’ve been in and out, but that happens when you get that little bit older and that’ll probably happen at Aberdeen as well.

“But for me it’s just about being part of that coaching staff as well. For me to learn as much as I can underneath Stephen, and work towards my goal of being a coach, being a manager one day down the line. But also ticking the boxes of me trying to play as long as I possibly can in my career too.”

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