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I do not have to move to England to prove myself, insists Scott Brown


By Robert Jones

Scotland and Celtic midfielder Scott Brown insists he has nothing to prove against England when the two sides meet on Saturday in a World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park.

Paul Scholes, who scored a double in England's last visit to Hampden in 1999, recently questioned whether the Celtic skipper would have the same influence at a big club in England.

Brown has spent more than 10 years at Celtic and is comfortable with his decision to stay in Scotland.

The 31-year-old, who looks set to start in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier, said: "I used to watch Paul Scholes, I used to love him as a player when I was growing up. He was a fantastic player.

"But I have not got a point to prove, (I have) not got to go down to England to do that.

"I have played in the Champions League and we have had some great results against some top-quality players.

"Everyone always mentions not going down to England. I chose to stay at Celtic for a reason. I have had opportunities to go down the road but I have always enjoyed my playing time at Celtic and that's why I am still there."

Meanwhile, Rangers have continued their busy summer transfer activity by moving for Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos from Finnish side HJK Helsinki.

The 20-year-old's agent has confirmed that the clubs have agreed a deal, and all that is left to complete the transfer is the approval of a work permit, which Rangers are now waiting on.

The Colombia youth international scored 46 goals in 62 appearances for HJK.

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