Celtic latest: Midfielder good enough for Manchester United and Liverpool

All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from Celtic Park, including former Celtic and Chelsea star David Hay’s comments on Scott Brown and Henrik Larsson

David Hay on Scott Brown

Former Celtic star David Hay believes that Scott Brown is good enough to play for Manchester United and Liverpool.

The 29-year-old Scotland international is one of the best midfielders in the Scottish Premiership, and reports have gathered pace that he could leave for the Premier League at the end of the season.

Brown has been on the books of Celtic since 2007 and has established himself as a fan favourite, but Hay believes that the former Hibernian star could still leave.

“The manager is convinced that Scott will not want to leave’, the former Celtic and Chelsea star wrote in The Evening Times.

“In his seven years at Parkhead, he has built up a real affinity with the club and its supporters. However, as ever, the bottom line is money. Will Celtic be able to put enough on the table?…

“With his energy and skill, there is no doubt he could do it at a Sunderland or Newcastle. But, such has been the improvement in him, both for club and country, I could even see a case for suggesting that a Liverpool or Manchester United might see something in him that would appeal to them.”

David Hay on Henrik Larsson

Hay also believes that Henrik Larsson was right to reject the advances of Celtic in the summer.

The former Sweden international striker was made the offer to become the manager of his former club, but he turned it down.

“The Swedish legend was not prepared to go into every detail, which I can respect, but he did explain that he did not feel it was the right time for him to take such a big job,” he wrote in The Evening Times. “I can empathise with that.

“I know it was too soon for me when I was offered the opportunity to return to the club where I had made my name and take over as manager. But it was also an offer that I felt I could not refuse because I feared it might never come my way again.”

Kevin Thomson to start v Celtic

Celtic are back in action next weekend when they take on Dundee at Celtic Park in the Scottish Premiership.

It has been reported by The Evening Telegraph that Dundee captain Kevin Thomson could start against the Bhoys.

The 30-year-old midfielder has not started a game since August, but club manager Paul Hartley is reportedly open to handing him a start against Celtic.

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