BT Sport pundit Kevin McDonald has claimed that Western Melbourne have made an offer for Celtic midfielder Scott Brown and the Australian side are “desperate” to sign him.
Brown, 33, is yet to sign a new deal at Celtic Park with his current contract expiring at the end of the season.
And it appears as though the veteran midfielder is attracting attention from the other side of the world with former Celtic and Australia star McDonald revealing that there is major interest in him from Melbourne.
“There’s no question that this is the real deal, this offer he’s got from Melbourne,” said McDonald, as quoted on the BBC Sport website.
“Now that this team’s been accepted into the league, I know a couple of people who are involved and they’re dead set. They’re desperate to get him over there.
“They see his leadership qualities. They’ve seen what he’s done for Celtic Football Club.
“Do I see Scott making an impact there? Most definitely. I still think he’s got enough in the tank. It’s not going to be what probably he thinks it’s going to be. It’s fast-paced out there if he does go.”
The Daily Record reported earlier this month that Western Melbourne were set to offer Brown a three-year deal.
Celtic really should try to hang on to Brown. Even though he is 33-years-old, the ex-Hibernian midfielder is still a key player at Parkhead and is one of the first names on Brendan Rodgers’ teamsheet. Brown has made 26 appearances across all competitions for the Bhoys this season and has recently returned from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for roughly a month. According to transfermarkt, Brown is valued at £3.6million, so the idea of him leaving Celtic for free could be quite a hit for the club when he is still worth a decent sum of money. Celtic fans won’t accept that one of the club’s best-ever players is worth that much and that it should be much more but the fact of the matter is that Brown can join anyone for free next summer and accept pre-contract offers in January. He needs to sign a new deal as soon as possible.