Celtic captain Scott Brown is being linked with a shock transfer to the A-League, the highest division in Australia’s league system.
Brown, the midfielder, is into his 12th season as a Celtic player and he’s currently in talks with the club to extend his contract, which expires next summer.
However, Brown is also expected to receive an offer from Western Melbourne if they are granted a licence to start playing in the A-League in the coming years.
The consortium is one of six bidders still being considered for entry into an expanded competition that will begin either next season or the campaign after, 2020/21.
Football Federation Australia are expected to announce which two expansion teams have been accepted for the A-League on October 31.
And the Daily Mail say Western Melbourne are hoping to tempt Brown with an offer should they be granted a licence.
The consortium’s director of football, Steve Horvat refused to confirm or deny whether Western Melbourne are specifically looking at Brown, though he did admit they will target big-name signings upon entrance into the league system.
“We have made our aspirations quite clear in the media about signing high profile marquee players and coaches for our first season if granted a licence,” Horvat told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I cannot verify these claims as we have spoken to numerous agents who may be reaching out to players and coaches.
“We do understand that time is of the essence and if awarded a licence that we need to hit the ground running with appointments.”
The A-League has found itself enjoying increased attention over the past couple of months with Usain Bolt, the former world champion sprinter, currently on trial with Central Coast Mariners.