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Byline: Keith Jackson

CELTIC skipper Scott Brown will pledge his future to the club by signing a new four-year deal after tonight's Europa League salvage mission in Switzerland.

Record Sport can reveal that talks between Brown's representatives and chief executive Peter Lawwell are at an advanced stage and the terms and conditions of his contract have all but been thrashed out.

The Hoops captain has a year left to run on his current deal but will put pen to paper on a threeyear extension which will tie him to the Parkhead club until the summer of 2015.

The news will be a boost to boss Neil Lennon ahead of the do-or-die qualification second leg against Sion which will determine whether or not Celtic will have any further European football this season.

Lennon is a huge admirer of Brown's battling midfield qualities and wanted his on-field leader tied up on a new deal.

There was even speculation Brown could leave the club this summer rather than be allowed to run the last 12 months of his contract down.

But the former Hibs star is happy where he is right now and that will delight his manager ahead of this evening's Euro crunch clash.


DEAL MAKER J Brown is ready to put pen to paper
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 25, 2011
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