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Celtic's Scott Brown will leave the club after 14 years since his move from Hibernian.

Celtic's Scott Brown will leave the club after 14 years since his move from Hibernian.

Celtic's Scott Brown will leave the club after 14 years since his move from Hibernian.

Celtic tried “desperately” to keep Aberdeen-bound skipper Scott Brown at the club beyond the end of the season, chief executive Peter Lawwell has declared.

Brown is following the retiring Lawwell out of Celtic Park this summer after playing for the club for 14 years, more than 11 of them as skipper.

The 35-year-old’s impending departure adds to the sense of transition, with the club looking for a replacement for Neil Lennon some bookies have suspended betting on the new manager market after a flurry of bets on Roy Keane.

Brown has won 22 trophies for Celtic and will aim to bow out with another Scottish Cup triumph.

Lawwell said: “Scott Brown has been the heartbeat of Celtic for so long and without doubt, the most influential figure in the Scottish game across the past 15 years.

“With more than 600 appearances for the club, he has made an imprint on Celtic which puts him in the company of our other true greats and with a legacy to match.

“Ever since signing, he has lived and breathed the club and our cause day after day, across a decade-and-a-half, giving his heart and soul to Celtic.

Interim manager John Kennedy admitted it would be impossible to find someone else in the same vein.

“He’s been a terrific captain and leader of the group,” Kennedy said.

“He’ll be irreplaceable in terms of what he gives us on a daily basis, his drive to be successful and how he leads the group by example every single day."

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