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Celtic captain Scott Brown makes himself available for selection for next Scotland squad

Scott Brown in action for Scotland
Scott Brown in action for Scotland

 

SCOTT BROWN has confirmed he will make himself available for Scotland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Slovenia next month.

The 31-year-old Celtic skipper came out of retirement for the 3-0 defeat to England at Wembley in November and said that he would assess his fitness for the Hampden Park fixture on March 26, four days after Gordon Strachan’s men play a friendly against Canada at Easter Road.

Brown said: “Me and Gordon spoke and we will take it from there. It is up to him whether he chooses me or not.

“I enjoyed the last game even though we got beat 3-0. I am proud to play for my country, I enjoy it and I thought against England we did quite well. The last 20 minutes were always going to be hard but we created chances and could easily have scored goals but it just wasn’t our day.

“I have managed to maintain a standard of training and playing at a good level in the last couple of weeks and I don’t want my form to dip due to me going away with Scotland.

“But this is huge for me. If I can continue my form until the end of the season it is not too bad a shout but if not, we know what will need to happen.

Scott Brown (left) chats with Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (SNS Group)
Scott Brown (left) chats with Scotland manager Gordon Strachan (SNS Group)

The midfielder stressed that Celtic remain his priority.

He said: “If I found out this game is too much for me, that will be it, it will be back to square one and back to retirement again.

“I think we are going to take it one game at a time and see how it goes.”