Departing Celtic icon Scott Brown has revealed that he once rejected opportunities to join Tottenham and Newcastle.
The 35-year-old recently experienced his last game at Celtic Park, as he gets set to leave the Scottish giants who he joined in 2007.
Brown will undoubtedly go down as a Celtic legend.
However, things could’ve been very different.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Brown said: “I had an offer from Spurs, from Harry Redknapp, but it was too soon for myself. I think I wanted to come to Celtic, I wanted to enjoy it.
“I had an opportunity to go to Newcastle and I was out of contract but Lenny was like: ‘I want to keep you as captain, I want to build the team around you, I think we can push on and keep this winning mentality going’.
In our view, the 55-cap Scotland international made the right choice.
At Celtic, he has made himself a legend in Glasgow since he arrived in a £4.4 million deal.
In fact, that is an understatement.
Brown has racked up an incredible 610 appearances for the Bhoys.
In that time, he has won ten Scottish Premiership titles, six Scottish Cups and seven Scottish League Cups.
Brown is one of the most decorated footballers in Scottish football history, and has left a legacy at Celtic Park.
In Tottenham and Newcastle’s case, neither of them have won a trophy since Tottenham lifted the League Cup in 2008.
Had he moved to the Premier League, Brown probably would’ve ended his career with few trophies and not much of a legacy.
He certainly made the right choice to stay at Parkhead, where he will be adored by the Celtic Park faithful for many years to come.