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Scott Brown: Highs and lows of ten years in the Hoops

We look back on the Celtic captain's decade in the east end of Glasgow.

Ten years: League wins, bust-ups and a record signing tell a small part of the story.
Ten years: League wins, bust-ups and a record signing tell a small part of the story. SNS Group

A decade is a long time in football. For Celtic captain Scott Brown, this week marks the ten-year anniversary of his time at the club.

Following his record £4.4m transfer from Hibs, Brown has become a mainstay in the Celtic starting XI.

He was quick to settle in to the team and form a bond with the club's support after Celtic secured his signature ahead of Glasgow rivals Rangers and several sides down south.

Brown was then awarded the captain's armband after a series of impressive seasons in the heart of the Celtic midfield.

In total, the 31-year-old has made 415 appearances for the Hoops, scoring 37 goals.

Brown has won seven league titles, three League Cups and two Scottish Cups, as well as seeing five different managers pass through the doors.

STV Sport takes a look back at highs and lows of Scott Brown's time at Celtic.

Record signing from Hibs

Done deal: Strachan snaps up Brown from Hibs.
Done deal: Strachan snaps up Brown from Hibs. SNS Group

Then-Celtic manager Gordon Strachan paid a record transfer fee between two Scottish clubs of £4.4m to bring Scott Brown down the M8 from Hibernian to Celtic.

With the likes of Glasgow rivals Rangers and several teams from England looking to sign the highly-rated midfielder, it was seen as a major coup for Gordon Strachan as he looked to build a new-look Celtic squad to challenge Rangers for the title.

Brown, who played just off the striker during his time at Hibs, was asked to play in a more central midfield role under Strachan but excelled in the position. 

It re-established him as a holding midfielder, controlling the centre of the park with his strength and power.

First appearance for the Hoops

Debut: Brown makes his first appearance in 0-0 draw.
Debut: Brown makes his first appearance in 0-0 draw. SNS Group

After his summer transfer Brown made his first competitive appearance for Celtic in their league opener at home to Kilmarnock.

It was not to be a winning start for the debutante as Killie held the Hoops in a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park.

Champions League debut

Europe: Brown faces Spartak Moscow in Euro debut.
Europe: Brown faces Spartak Moscow in Euro debut. SNS Group

After making his first team debut just a few weeks beforehand, Brown lined up for Celtic in the Champions League qualifiers for the first time when they took on Spartak Moscow in the play-offs.

After an enthralling 90 mins Celtic secured a 1-1 draw to take back to Celtic, where they subsequently qualified after a penalty shootout.

This was Brown's first taste of European football but since then he has made his presence known in European competition, making 76 appearances and scoring two goals.

First goal for Celtic

Goal: Brown nets first goal for the Hoops against Hearts.
Goal: Brown nets first goal for the Hoops against Hearts. SNS Group

In his opening season at Celtic, Brown was quick to settle into the the starting XI.

After impressive displays for the Hoops, Brown's first goal came against former derby rivals Hearts in a 5-0 rout in front of the Celtic support in August 2007.

Becoming captain

Leader: Brown takes the armband from Stephen McManus.
Leader: Brown takes the armband from Stephen McManus. SNS group

Tony Mowbray replaced outgoing manager Gordon Strachan in summer 2009.

He did not enjoy a successful season, though, and after a bruising 4-0 defeat at the hands of St Mirren, was replaced by Neil Lennon.

It should be remembered, however, that one of his decisions was to hand Brown the captain's armband following Stephen McManus' exit in the January transfer window.

Brown's first game as captain was away to Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup, where the Hoops ran out 4-2 winners.

The 'Broony'

Broony: Brown celebrates equaliser against Rangers.
Broony: Brown celebrates equaliser against Rangers. SNS Group

Probably the most iconic moment of Scott Brown's tenure at Celtic was his celebration in the 2-2 draw with Rangers at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup fifth round in February 2011.

Throughout the game Brown had been involved in a heated rivalry with Rangers forward El Hadji Diouf, with some feisty exchanges on the pitch.

That all came to a head when Brown curled a shot past Allan McGregor in the Rangers goal to equalise for the ten-men Hoops.

He threw his arms aloft and celebrated in the face of Diouf, a moment many Celtic fans rank among his finest for the club. 

The celebration was soon named the "Broony" and is still sung about to this day.

First trophy as captain

Winner: Brown lifts the Scottish Cup in 2011.
Winner: Brown lifts the Scottish Cup in 2011. SNS Group

After being awarded the captain's armband by Mowbray, Brown remained as skipper under Lennon.

It would be under the new management that Brown would taste his first piece of silverware while wearing the armband.

In torrential rain at Hampden, Celtic defeated Motherwell 3-0 in the 2011 Scottish Cup final after goals from Ki Sung-yueng, Charlie Mulgrew and an own goal by Stephen Craigan.

Brown led his teammates up the stairs of the national stadium and lifted the Scottish Cup for the first time as Celtic captain.

Red card v Barcelona

Temper: Brown sees red for kick out at Neymar.
Temper: Brown sees red for kick out at Neymar. SNS Group

Despite his many fantastic performances in a Celtic jersey, Brown's career at Celtic has also been plighted by red cards and controversial moments.

He has been criticised for being too hotheaded and having a temper but over ten years he has only been shown five red cards, and the latest, against Ross County was later reduced to a yellow.

Brown's most high-profile sending off was against Barcelona in the Champions League 2013 after Brown appeared to kick out at Brazilian playmaker Neymar in the second half.

With Celtic holding the Catalan club 0-0 at the time of the red card, many blamed the captain for the defeat.

In recent years, he's been praised for his new-found composure on the pitch, though, as well as being a mature calming influence for his teammates.

Goal vs Hapoel Beer Sheva

Celebration: Brown scores crucial goal in Champions League qualification.
Celebration: Brown scores crucial goal in Champions League qualification. SNS Group

Goals for Brown have been few and far between but there was arguably no more crucial goal scored for Celtic this season than his against Hapoel Beer Sheeva in the Champions League play-offs.

He netted the fifth in a 5-2 win at home but it was only after the second leg that the goal became so vital.

They travelled to Israel for the second leg knowing anything better than a 3-0 defeat would see them qualify for the group stages.

Celtic were defeated 2-0 on the night though and stumbled over the finishing line thanks to Brown's first-leg strike.

Old Firm derby legacy

Stalwart: Brown has become a key player in the Old Firm.
Stalwart: Brown has become a key player in the Old Firm. SNS Group

There can be little doubt Scott Brown lives for Old Firm derbies.

His style of play and combative attitude on the pitch has made him a fans' favourite and one of the best players the fixture has seen in recent memory.

The rough and tough style of Brown is perfect at the heart of Celtic's midfield when they take on Rangers and he admits himself he thrives in those games.

The fact Celtic appealed Brown's red card in order for him to play in the last two meetings this season shows just how much he means to the team and Brendan Rodgers in these heated encounters.

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