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Scott Brown could go down in Celtic history after the game against St Johnstone on Saturday – but the Hoops talisman admits he might never have been part of the Invincibles’ history.
If his side avoid defeat at McDiarmid Park, they will surpass the club’s longest-ever domestic unbeaten run of 62 matches.
St J’stone vs Celtic
November 4, 2017, 12:00pm
But the 32-year-old midfielder nearly left the club just one game into that run, as he considered retiring in the summer of 2016 – at the end of Ronny Deila’s reign – due to injuries and a loss of form.
“For me personally it was coming close,” he said, when asked if he had ever contemplated hanging up his boots. “At that time (end of 2015-16 season) it was a hard time for me I was going through injury after injury and I was probably due to me not being as fit as I should have been.
“For me, playing in a game I’ve got to give it everything because that’s the sort of player I am, and to go in 100 per cent when you’re not 100 per cent fit then you are going to pick up injuries.
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“The Celtic fans were on my back and I understand that because I probably wasn’t playing as well as I should have done, but I like to prove people wrong.
“As soon as Brendan (Rodgers) came in, the first thing he asked was what I could do differently and I said I need to get fitter I need to get sharper we need to work on my intensity.
“Pre-season was hard and for me that is what football is all about. It’s about working hard and getting the benefits afterwards.”