SCOTT BROWN says that his determination to prove his doubters wrong is all the motivation he needs to stay at the top of his game for Celtic.

The Celtic skipper, who turns 35 today, feels he has fully vindicated his decision to turn down moves abroad last year to extend his stay in Glasgow after leading his team to a ninth title in a row.

And Brown says that those who questioned whether or not he could continue to perform at the top level for Celtic have been made to eat their words.

“When I had the chance to go to Australia or the USA last year there were a lot of people who couldn’t understand why I stayed and signed a two-year contract because they thought my best days were already behind me,” Brown said.

“However, I enjoy proving people wrong.

“There’s no question that America and Australia both looked good. They had the sunshine, the beaches, the golf courses and the lovely lifestyle that goes with that.

“But winning games in front of a full Celtic Park, winning trebles and clinching nine-in-a-row definitely tops it.

“I came to Celtic because I wanted to win trophies, play in the Champions League and test myself against the best players in the world. I’ve done all of those things and loved it and I still want more.”

Brown made 50 appearances for Celtic in all competitions last term despite the curtailment of the season, and he is confident that he can play such a pivotal role for the team next season as he looks to lead Celtic to a tenth title in a row, even if manager Neil Lennon reinforces the squad in the summer.

“Celtic fans demand that we get the best players in Scotland and put in performances in the right manner,” he said.

“I thrive under that kind of pressure, especially if pundits and even supporters think my legs have gone.”