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'I had an offer from Spurs': 23-trophy star says Harry Redknapp wanted him at N17

Tottenham Hotspur tried to sign Celtic star Scott Brown when Harry Redknapp was manager at Spurs.

Redknapp took the Spurs reins in 2008 and got the club into the Champions League during his tenure, famously reaching the quarter-finals in 2010-11.

Brown, meanwhile, joined Celtic from Hibernian in 2007 and has etched his name in Parkhead folklore, with 610 appearances and 22 trophies under his belt – 23 overall.

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The 35-year-old won 10 Scottish Premiership titles, six Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups at Celtic, on top of his 2006-07 League Cup triumph while at Hibs.

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Brown is set to call time on his Celtic career this summer as he prepares to join Aberdeen as player manager.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the former Scotland international was asked about prior interest from Premier League clubs and whether he was ever tempted to move from Celtic.

“I had an offer from Spurs, from Harry Redknapp, but it was too soon for myself,” he said. “I think I wanted to come to Celtic, I wanted to enjoy it.

“I was starting to really enjoy my football at the club and they put a lot of faith into me, especially during hard times as well, and they stuck by me so it was great to give a little bit back and Neil was the manager at the time.”

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Brown in his prime was a superb midfielder who’d have certainly bolstered the Spurs engine room.

However, he’ll have no regrets, considering what an amazing career he’s had at Celtic – 22 trophies and over 600 appearances at one club is the stuff of legends.

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