Celtic captain Scott Brown has signed an extended deal at Parkhead on deadline day, as reported by Sky Sports.
They report that the Scotsman has penned a two-year extension to his current contract – which was due to expire in the summer – keeping him at the club until 2021.
They claim that Brown has been the subject of transfer interest from Australian outfit Western Melbourne, but has elected to shun their advances and remain with the Hoops.
He told the club’s official website: “I love the club, I love playing in front of 60,000 fans, I love winning games and winning trophies. The main thing is for me to stay and try to win as many more leagues and cups as I possibly can.”
And while the transfer window is naturally dominated by talk of new arrivals, it is just as important for clubs to keep hold of their existing talent.
And while the likes of Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie have the quality to replace Brown in the engine room eventually, they cannot match their captain for leadership skills and knowhow.
Celtic want to keep their title crown away from Rangers and losing a player who has won eight league titles midway through the season would have handed their rivals a mighty boost.
But Brown remains a Bhoy and come the end of the season, Celtic may look back and see convincing him to stay as their most important piece of January business.