‘My hero’ – Kieran Tierney sends class message to Scott Brown after Celtic captain signs Aberdeen deal

Kieran Tierney and Scott Brown celebrate after Celtic's Scottish Cup semi-final win over Rangers
Kieran Tierney won eight trophies alongside Scott Brown at Celtic (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney has paid tribute to departing Celtic captain Scott Brown and said it was an ‘honour’ to play alongside his ‘hero’ at his boyhood club.

Brown, 35, is set to bring an end to his 14-year spell after reaching an agreement with Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen to take on a player-coach role this summer.

The midfielder has made over 600 appearances for Celtic, helping the team lift 10 league titles, six Scottish Cups and six Scottish League Cups since arriving from Hibernian back in 2007.

Tierney won eight of these trophies alongside Brown before joining Arsenal two years ago and the Scotland left-back joined supporters in applauding the Celtic skipper on all of his success.

Scott Brown looks on ahead of Celtic's clash with Rangers
Brown will bring an end to his 14-year stay at Celtic Park (Picture: Getty)

‘Congratulations on everything you achieved mate,’ Tierney said on Instagram.

‘Was an honour to play alongside you for so long.

‘My hero. Captain leader legend.’

An emotional Brown said he was looking forward to starting a ‘new chapter’ in his career but stressed that the Hoops would always hold a special place in his heart.

‘It is a huge decision to leave this magnificent club, which has been such a massive part of my life for so long,’ the ex-Scotland international told Celtic’s official website.

‘But this is a new opportunity for me and a new chapter.

‘Celtic will never leave me and the club will forever be in my heart.’

Soon-to-be Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass said landing an individual of Brown’s ‘calibre’ was a ‘huge coup’ for the club.

‘The opportunity to bring a player of Scott’s calibre, a leader who has more European appearances for Celtic than any other player, is a huge coup for me and for Aberdeen,’ he said.

‘A born competitor, with a strong appetite to win, his hands-on approach and desire to nurture will hugely benefit the development of the young, emerging talent we have here.’

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