Glasgow Celtic captain Scott Brown has no plans to retire soon and believes he is “as fit as he has ever been”.
The 34-year-old has played an astonishing 50 matches for Celtic across all competitions already this season.
Brown joined the Glasgow club in 2007 from Hibernian and has since won nine Scottish Premiership titles and five Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cups each with the Hoops.
He is set to secure a ninth league title with Celtic with the club 13 points ahead of Rangers in second having played a game more before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Scottish international is focusing on maintaining his own fitness levels in the meanwhile and vowed to play until his “legs fall off.”
“Everyone keeps mentioning I’m getting older and older, but I’m enjoying the challenge,” Celtic star Brown told Sky Sports.
“I still manage to keep up with the rest of them, so I think for me it’s about trying to keep my fitness levels as high as I possibly can and just trying to keep ticking out the games as long as I can too.
“One day I think [my legs] will fall off. I think that’ll be the end of me. I’ll be chasing somebody down the line and I’ll just be realising that this is time to call it a day.
“But for now, I think I’m probably as fit as I have been. I’ve managed to keep the fitness levels for the last three or four years at that maximum level, and as long as I can keep turning out results and we keep winning games I’m available for selection.”
Brown has been his usual industrial self this season winning 65 percent of his tackles and 56 percent of his duels for Neil Lennon’s Celtic side.
He also discussed Lennon’s impact on the club since returning for a second spell at the club in 2019.
“He’s very chilled, relaxed. I don’t think I would’ve ever said that the last time he was manager,” Brown added.
“But he’s grown, I think he’s enjoying managing the second time around a lot more as well. He understands the way the lads were playing as well, and he’s added a few of his own qualities in there as well, and that’s what good managers do.
“They always take a good thing and try add a couple of bits here and there that can maybe improve you and it’s done that so far, and here’s hoping it continues.”
Lennon, who initially managed Celtic between 2010 and 2014, expects the club to be handed the Scottish Premiership if the season has to be abandoned altogether due to health concerns.
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