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Scott Brown
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Personal information
Full name Scott Brown
Date of birth 25 June 1985 (1985-06-25) (age 24)
Place of birth Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 8
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Hibernian 110 (13)
2007– Celtic 83 (8)
National team
2003–2004 Scotland U19 3 (3)
2004–2005 Scotland U21 10 (0)
2005– Scotland 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:10, 2 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:00, 3 March 2010 (UTC)

Scott Brown (born 25 June 1985 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish association football player, currently playing for and captaining Scottish Premier League club Celtic. Brown, who started his professional career with Hibernian, is a regular in the Scottish national team. His transfer to Celtic from Hibs in the summer of 2007 broke the record for the biggest transfer fee paid between two Scottish clubs.[1]


Club career



Brown played junior football in the Fife Youth League with clubs including Inverkeithing United and Foulford Royals of Cowdenbeath. He signed for Hibernian as a professional in 2002 and made his debut as a substitute in a 3–1 win over Aberdeen in May 2003[2]. He made his first starting appearance the following week, a 1–0 win over Motherwell[3]. Brown started in Hibs' remaining two matches of the season and scored in both, a double in a 2–1 against Livingston[4] and in a 3–2 defeat to Partick Thistle[5].

He became a regular fixture in the Hibernian team in the following season, playing 41 times in all competitions and netting 4 goals. Despite a disappointing league campaign, in which they eventually finished eighth, Hibs reached the final of the League Cup, defeating both Celtic and Rangers en route. However, they were defeated 2–0 by Livingston in the final. Brown featured in all the matches of Hibs' League Cup run and scored in the 9–0 win over Montrose in the third round. In season 2004–05, Brown, along with several other young players at the club, flourished under the guidance of new manager Tony Mowbray. Brown, largely due to missing four months of the season due to an injury sustained against Celtic, only featured 23 times. He scored two goals, including the second goal in a 3–1 win over Celtic at Celtic Park.

Season 2005–06 was also blighted somewhat by injury. He missed most of the second half of the season due to a broken leg sustained in a challenge with Julien Brellier,[6] and missed Hibs' Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Hearts. He featured in the last Edinburgh derby of the season, however, coming on as a substitute in a 2–1 win for Hibs. The 2006–07 season saw Brown emerge as one of the better players in the Scottish game. Brown helped Hibs win their first trophy in 16 years as they defeated Kilmarnock 5–1 in the 2007 Scottish League Cup Final,[7] and he became a regular in the Scotland squad.

Brown handed in a transfer request to the Hibernian assistant manager, Tommy Craig, directly after their home game against Dundee United on 2 December 2006. The action was thought to be taken on the advice of Brown's agent Willie McKay.[8] On 31 January 2007, however, Brown announced that he was retracting his transfer request and was now 'happy' to remain with Hibernian for the duration of his contract, which was due to end in summer 2009. Despite this, media rumours continued to suggest that he would move in summer 2007. Former Hibernian teammate Kevin Thomson, who had signed for Rangers in January 2007, claimed to have spoken with Brown about joining him at Rangers.[9] Subsequent reports linked him with a transfer to other clubs in the summer, including Celtic, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough and Reading.

Reading confirmed that they reached agreement with Hibernian to sign Brown, but the player refused the move, saying:[10]

If I had chosen Reading I would probably be fighting a relegation battle next season and then maybe disappearing into the Championship. In two years' time people would have been saying, 'Remember that lad Scott Brown - whatever happened to him?'

Brown's remarks were to prove prescient as Reading were relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season. Despite intense speculation that he would move to Rangers, with Rangers fans taunting Hibs fans that Brown would sign for them,[11] Brown agreed a move to Celtic.[1][12] Brown's agent, Willie McKay, confirmed the deal to Sky Sports, saying Brown had signed a 5 year contract and was excited about playing for such a successful club and the chance to play UEFA Champions League football.[13] Brown was transferred for £4.4 million, the largest transfer fee exchanged between two Scottish clubs.[1] Brown scored in his final appearance for Hibs, against Celtic, for whom he had agreed to sign the previous week. During the game he was cheered by both sets of supporters.[14]


Brown scored his first Celtic goal in a pre-season friendly against QPR on 15 July 2007 and played a key role in the early part of Celtic's SPL and Champions League campaigns in the 2007–08 season. On 6 November 2007, Brown was on the receiving end of a heavy tackle by Gilles Binya during Celtic's 1–0 win over Benfica, but he was relatively unhurt. Binya was given a six match European ban following the dangerous challenge.[15] Brown had disciplinary problems of his own though and by April 2008, had picked up 13 yellow cards and was suspended for 3 matches, including two Old Firm games. On his return from suspension he was played less as manager Gordon Strachan stuck with the pairing of Barry Robson and Paul Hartley in central midfield for the remainder of the season.

In the first three months of the 2008–09 season, Brown established himself as a constant in Celtic's midfield, ousting the more experienced Hartley. Experts praised Brown for re-inventing himself as a more defensive minded player. Despite a deep position, Brown still contributes goals, notably scoring against former club, Hibernian on 25 October 2008. Brown was later rewarded for his outstanding performances for Celtic in the month of October with the Clydesdale Bank Player Of The Month Award.[16]

In January 2009, Brown was named amongst thirteen others in FIFA's 'ones to watch in 2009'.[17] FIFA commenting "2009 begins with this dynamic box-to-box midfielder widely regarded Celtic and Scotland's most important and valuable player. Direct, athletic and combative, Brown has thrived after successfully curbing a reckless streak that blighted last season, his first at Celtic since winning a £4.5 million move from Hibernian. So influential has the 23-year-old become, in fact, that the Scottish champions have reportedly turned down a £9 million bid from Portsmouth to take their midfield general south of the border during the January transfer window."[17]

Brown was voted Man-of-the-match in the 2009 Scottish League Cup Final. Celtic defeated Rangers 2–0 at Hampden Park, which meant that Brown lifted the third trophy of his career. Brown was awarded the prize of SPFA Players' Player of the Year for the 2008–09 season.[18]. Due to a suspension, he missed the final Old Firm game of the season[19], which Celtic lost 1–0[20]; Rangers went on to win the league by four points.

Brown missed most of the first half of the 2009–10 season due to injury. He made his comeback as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Kilmaronock; Brown took the captaincy of the team when he came onto the field.[21] Later that week, manager Tony Mowbray confirmed that Brown would assume the Celtic captaincy when available.[21] Brown was sent off in the third Old Firm game of the season after a clash with Kyle Lafferty; BBC Sport described it as a "harsh decision".[22]

International career

Brown made his debut for the Scotland national team as a substitute in a friendly against the USA in November 2005.[23] He was then put back into the Under-21 squad for a few years, although he was added to the full squad for the match with Lithuania in September 2006. He was selected for the full squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against France and Ukraine in October 2006, but was not used in either game.

He made his competitive debut for Scotland in a Euro 2008 qualifying match against Georgia, coming on as a substitute for Gary Teale. Having performed well as a substitute against Georgia, Brown made his first start for Scotland in the following match, a 2–0 loss against world champions Italy. Brown has since become a regular pick for the international starting line-up, and he was named by FIFA as a player to watch in 2009.[17]

He scored his first goal for Scotland on 5 September 2009, in a 2-0 win over Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier.[24]

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 5 September 2009 Glasgow, Scotland  Macedonia 1–0 2–0 FIFA World Cup 2010 qualifying
2. 3 March 2010 Glasgow, Scotland  Czech Republic 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Career statistics

As of 15:04, 5 February 2010 (UTC).[25]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hibernian 2002–03 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
2003–04 36 3 1 0 4 1 0 0 41 4
2004–05 20 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 24 1
2005–06 20 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 24 3
2006–07 30 6 5 0 5 1 2 1 42 8
Total 110 13 10 3 10 2 5 1 135 19
Celtic 2007–08 34 3 3 0 2 0 9 0 48 3
2008–09 36 5 2 1 4 1 6 0 48 7
2009–10 9 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 14 0
Total 79 8 5 1 6 1 20 0 110 10
Career total 189 21 15 4 16 3 25 1 245 29




  1. ^ a b c "Scott Brown signs for Celtic". Celtic FC. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007. 
  2. ^ "Hibs outshine Dons". BBC Sport website. 3 May 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Brebner strike stuns Well". BBC Sport website. 10 May 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Brown is Hibs hero". BBC Sport website. 17 May 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Thistle beat Hibs in thriller". BBC Sport website. 24 May 2003. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Brown begins intense training in bid to win semi-final selection, The Scotsman, 29 March 2006
  7. ^ "Kilmarnock 1–5 Hibernian". BBC Sport website. 18 March 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Brown hands in transfer request". BBC Sport website. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Thomson urges Brown to join Gers". BBC Sport website. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Dillon slams mouthy Brown". 24 May 2007. 
  11. ^ Grant, Michael (28 April 2007). "Display of useful exhuberance". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Brown completes switch to Celtic". BBC Sport. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007. 
  13. ^ "Brown agrees Celtic move". Sky Sports. 15 May 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2007. 
  14. ^ "Hibernian 2 - 1 Celtic". BBC. 16 May 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  15. ^ "Six-match ban for Benfica's Binya". BBC Sport. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  16. ^ "Celtic 4–2 Hibernian". BBC Sport. 25 October 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2008. 
  17. ^ a b c "FIFA ones to watch in 2009". FIFA. Retrieved 8 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "Brown wins Player of Year award". BBC Sport. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  19. ^ "Scott Brown cheesed off over two-match ban". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  20. ^ "Ranger 1-0 Celtic". BBC. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  21. ^ a b "Scott Brown to assume Celtic captaincy". BBC Sport. 5 February 2010. 
  22. ^ McGuigan, Thomas (28 February 2010). "Rangers 1–0 Celtic". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 February 2010. 
  23. ^ "Scotland 1–1 USA". BBC Sport website. 12 November 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  24. ^ "Scotland 2-0 Macedonia". BBC. 5 September 2009. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  25. ^ Scott Brown career stats at Soccerbase

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Personal information
Full name Scott Brown
Date of birth 25 June 1985 (1985-06-25) (age 25)
Place of birth    Dunfermline, Scotland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 8

Scott Brown (born 25 June 1985 in Dunfermline, Fife) is a Scottish association football player, currently playing for Scottish Premier League club Celtic. Brown, who started his professional career with Hibernian, is a regular in the Scottish national team. His transfer to Celtic from Hibs in the summer of 2007 broke the record for the biggest transfer fee paid between two Scottish clubs.[1][2]



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