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Brown to hit milestone with 400th Celtic game

By Andy Newport

Celtic captain Scott Brown has revealed he has held talks over a possible testimonial as he prepares to make his 400th appearance for the club.

Brown, in his 10th season at Parkhead, will reach the milestone if he plays against St Johnstone in the Ladbrokes Premiership tonight.

The 31-year-old is under contract until the summer of 2018 and he has held talks with chief executive Peter Lawwell over an event to mark his long service.

"We have been speaking, me and Peter," Brown said. "We have been having a chat about it, so it could happen.

"But I'm in no rush whatsoever, here's hoping I have another good few years left here. If they want to offer me another four-year deal I would be happy to accept.

"I have still got the legs and the love for the game, and that's the main one. I feel as good as I have ever felt in a Celtic jersey."

Brown is closing in on his sixth consecutive title as Celtic captain and a seventh championship winners' medal overall, but he did not realise he was on the cusp of a 400th appearance.

"I didn't even know," he said. "It's been a good nine and a half years so far and here's hoping for another nine and a half years.

"It means so much to me to be here and to keep playing. We are having a great season so far and we want to maintain that for as long as we possibly can."

Celtic will go 22 points clear if they beat St Johnstone and can equal the Lisbon Lions' 50-year-old record of going the first 26 domestic matches of the season unbeaten.

However, Brown has warned that matches might get more difficult in the coming weeks.

"We have a lot to play for and a there are still a lot of points there," he said. "The way we are playing just now is great to watch but pitches are all going to start chopping up now and it's not going to be as pretty or as good football as it has been. But we can deal with that and we can play in all different ways."

But the treble is firmly in Celtic's sights, with a William Hill Scottish Cup fifth round tie against Inverness at Parkhead to look forward to next month.

"It would be lovely," Brown said. "I have wanted it every season I have been here and if I could do it in the 10th it would be fantastic."

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is back in contention for the visit of St Johnstone after missing Sunday's victory over Albion Rovers with a tight calf.

Erik Sviatchenko returns from suspension but Mikael Lustig is a doubt after coming off against Rovers with a stiff back.

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