Scott Brown nears new Celtic contract

Celtic skipper Scott Brown
Brown's current deal at Celtic Park expires at the end of this season

Celtic captain Scott Brown says he is "very close" to signing a new contract at the club.

"I hope to sign, yes," said the 26-year-old midfielder, whose current five-year deal expires at the end of this season.

"Hopefully it's just a matter of time, maybe a couple of weeks or so.

"I want to stay at this club, I enjoy this club," he continued. "The manager wants me to stay and I want to stay for the manager."

Brown joined Celtic in 2007, with the Glasgow giants paying £4.4m to take him from Scottish Premier League rivals Hibernian, a fee that remains a record between two Scottish clubs.

"I want to win the league and cups - that's why I came here," Brown added. "I have had a taste of it before and I want more."

Meanwhile, manager Neil Lennon revealed that his bid to bring in Cameroon international striker Mo Idrissou is "dead in the water".

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