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so farewell then...


It would be safe to say that Moscow in 2007 was the highlight of Mark Brown’s time with Celtic, the first leg of the Champions League qualifier against a strong Spartak team on an artificial surface which was fraught with danger. He didn’t manage a clean sheet but he did make a couple of important saves, especially in the second half, to preserve a 1-1 draw.

By the time the second leg was played he had already been replaced by a fit again Artur Boruc who went on to help win the tie with a save in the penalty shootout.

Brown was signed from Inverness Caley having been made redundant by Motherwell and released by Rangers. When he arrived in the January window of 2007 he had the reputation as a safe shot stopper (he had made more saves than any other keeper the previous season), which might say more about his defence than his goalkeeping skills.

He was always going to be an understudy - even he understood that - and I suppose as a back up keeper he was good to have around.

That said, when we did call on him for a prolonged period in the winter of 2007 it coincided with a spectacularly bad run of form, the nadir of which was the defeat in Inverness (a 3-2 loss after we led 2-0).

The arrival of Zaluska this summer signalled loud and clear the end of his time with us, with loan spells at Kilmarnock before getting a permanent move to Hibs.

Rumour has it that the news of his departure was misinterpreted by the Record and printed as his namesake Scott. Oops.

He leaves in possession of 2 SPL medals and one each from the two cups.

(no honestly, he does).