Celtic did everything to keep him – but Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass is glad Scott Brown has picked his project at Pittodrie.

The former Atlanta United 2 coach started work as Dons manager this week as he takes over from Derek McInnes. His first move was to bring in Celtic captain Brown alongside England national team striking coach Allan Russell, the 35-year-old set to leave Parkhead and join the Dons in the summer on a two-year player-coach deal.

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

Glass is delighted with the capture: “It shows the ambition of the club, it shows the trust that Scott has in me and Allan and the staff here. It shows the belief he has in what the long term looks like as well because he could very easily have stayed at Celtic.

“To me it shows ambition on his part, he is going to be a better coach I feel for having his hands on things and having a big say on what goes on and we are really excited to have him coming here.

“Scott Brown’s experience is going to be invaluable to the group, help the young players, help the team and I think the community here will love Scott around as well, he is a great guy off the pitch as well.  But I am excited about what he is going to bring on the pitch and what the supporters are going to see.

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Delighted. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“The fact that Peter Lawwell (Celtic chief executive) said they tried desperately to keep Scott Brown says everything about Scott Brown. I know for a fact they did on the last day he was up here signing his pre-contract. They were desperate to keep him and there were people trying to convince him not to come. He’s not here for the money.”

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