THE family of Celtic great Billy McNeill have paid tribute to Scott Brown ahead of his exit from the club.

Brown, 35, will join Aberdeen this summer to end his trophy laden 14-year stay at Parkhead.

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Since joining from Hibs, the former Scotland captain has made over 600 appearances for Celtic. Brown captained Celtic to nine Premiership titles in a row last year and also led his side to a historic Quadruple Treble.

Speaking on behalf of his family, McNeill’s son Martyn hailed the outgoing skipper.

Glasgow Times:

In comments made to the Celtic website, he said: “On behalf of our whole family, we are delighted for Scott’s record as a 9-in-a-row-winning Celtic captain and all his other contributions to the Club to be recognised at next week's match.

"The leadership, commitment and passion Scott has shown through his time at the club is a major factor in Celtic having won so many trophies and of course making history in a quadruple treble.

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"No one would be better placed than our father to appreciate what it takes to be a successful Celtic captain and we know he would be so proud of Scott’s achievements.

Glasgow Times:

"Scott is someone who has given nearly 15 years of his life to Celtic and throughout this time has represented the Club brilliantly. We are sure fans will be eager to pay tribute to such an important figure.

"As a family, we thank Scott sincerely for all he has done for the Club and we wish him and his family nothing but success for the future."