Celtic captain Scott Brown has admitted that he received an offer from Newcastle back in 2010 – a deal most NUFC fans are relieved didn’t go through.
In an interview with the Daily Record, the 33-year-old has revealed that he had an offer to join Chris Hughton’s Newcastle in January 2010 (half way through our title winning Championship campaign), with him also claiming that Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham were also keen.
Here’s what he’s had to say, confirming that he received an offer from Newcastle in 2010 after being told he was free to leave by former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray:
“It hit me like a hammer when he told me to find a new club,”
“I didn’t want to leave. I enjoyed playing for Celtic and all my family were here. But now I’m being told to find myself a new club.
“I had to get back on the phone and tell people I think I might be free to leave in January. Then all these offers start coming in and I’m thinking to myself, ‘Well, whatever happens happens’.
“I had an offer from Newcastle. There had been also interest from Harry Redknapp at Spurs and I was waiting to find out if he was still wanting to do something. So I’m sitting there thinking if I should go or not.”
He’s one of Celtic’s most successful captains and a hard as nails midfielder, but it’s fair to say most Newcastle fans are happy he didn’t sign following his latest admission.
“Glad it never happened, awful player!”
“I’m guessing we got Tiote instead so it al worked out well for all parties.”
“Scottish football is appalling, he’s a championship player at absolute best.”
“Can’t tell you how happy I am this didn’t happen.”
“He’s the Scottish version of Lee Cattermole.”
“No thanks, Colback is better than him!”
“Garbage .. we dodged that bullet ..”
Would he have been a good signing for NUFC, or do you see it as a bullet dodged?