CELTIC captain Scott Brown has revealed that he turned down big-money offers to move to the English Premier League as he wanted to repay the Parkhead club for the faith they had shown in him.

Brown was often linked with moves down south during his time in Glasgow but the midfielder always felt his loyalties lay in Glasgow’s east end.

Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur came the closest to prizing Brown away from Celtic, the club captain admitted – but the 35-year-old insists he never seriously entertained any alternative offers of employment during his heyday at Celtic Park.

He told Sky Sports: “I had offers from Spurs. I spoke with Harry Redknapp but it was too soon for me. I wanted to come to Celtic and enjoy it, and I was starting to really enjoy my football at a club that had put a lot of faith in me – in hard times as well.

“They stuck by me so it was great to give a little bit back as well. Neil was the manager at the time and I had an opportunity to go to Newcastle. I was out of contract but Lenny [former manager Neil Lennon] told me he wanted to keep me as captain and build the team around me.

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“He felt we could push on and keep this winning mentality going because we were actually doing quite well at the time. It was one of those where I was wondering if I wanted to stay at a fantastic club like Celtic or did I want to go and have a fresh start? Or do I want to show everyone that I am a good player and that I can deal with all this, that I’m captain quality.

“I think that was the little bit of fight and hunger within myself. I wanted to prove everybody wrong and that’s stuck with me for the last 11 years.

“A lot have people have written me off and I just want to come back and make sure that I show them I’ve got another couple of years here. It will continue until I retire probably but it’s just an ongoing thing with me and the press. It’s lovely!”