Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes that Scott Brown could sign a new contract extension, The Scottish Sun reports.
Brown signed a new two-year deal last January and many thought this would be his last. The 34-year-old is approaching the final stages of his playing career, having spent the past 12-and-a-half seasons at Parkhead.
The Celtic captain remains a mainstay in the midfield under Lennon, providing leadership and tenacity. He scored twice against his former club Hibernian in the League Cup semi-final last Saturday to highlight his importance to the side. And Lennon thinks he can play on beyond the expiry of his current contract.
Lennon on Brown
When asked about a potential extension, Lennon said (via The Scottish Sun): “It will depend on on how Scott is feeling and how he’s playing at the time. I think he’s got another year after this one.
“So we’ll take a view of that maybe this time next year, with him as well. But the way he’s playing at the minute, it might cost us a few bob!”
Lennon also confirmed that the Celtic skipper was playing through an injury earlier in the season. He added: “He had a little bit of a toe problem at the start of the season that was curtailing him. But he’s over that now. He’s in a good place and the players respect him and look up to him.”
Brown remains an evergreen presence in the Celtic midfield. With nearly 550 games under his belt in a Celtic career spanning back to 2007, it is hard to imagine a Bhoys team without him.
There will be a time in the near future when it comes to an end. But while he still remains an important part of the furniture, Lennon would be wise to keep him on – even as a squad player.