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Celtic midfielder Scott Brown linked with shock move to A-League hopefuls Western Melbourne

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.

Republic of Ireland to face Celtic for Scott Brown's testimonial
Brown is closing in on his 500th appearance for Celtic

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.

Western Melbourne plan to build the 15,000-seater Wyndham Stadium if granted an A-League licence

“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.

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Rangers transfer news: Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent willing to complete permanent Ibrox transfer

Liverpool starlet Ryan Kent would consider joining Rangers on a permanent deal having impressed since agreeing a loan switch with the Ibrox club.

21-year-old winger Kent penned a temporary deal with the Gers in July as Steven Gerrard used his Liverpool connections to raid his former club’s youth team.

Kent has been praised by Gerrard for putting in some fine performances for Rangers

He has caught the eye north of the border, turning out 17 times in all competitions and chipping in with two goals and one assist.

Kent has only ever made one senior appearance for his parent club – he started a 2-2 draw with Exeter in the FA Cup in 2016 – and the majority of his last few years at Anfield have been spent away from Merseyside on loan.

It is unlikely he has a part to play in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team set-up, even if he continues impressing for Rangers, and the youngster has admitted he would be open to returning to Ibrox on permanent terms.

Asked about continuing his career with Rangers, Kent said: “It’s something I’d consider. The fans are great here.

“Rangers are an amazing club, but that’s a conversation they need to have with Liverpool, not me.”

Kent has not played for Liverpool since making his debut in January 2016

Rangers have won just half their eight league matches to date to sit sixth in the Scottish Premiership. They remain without a defeat in every other competition though, progressing through the Europa League knockout rounds to reach the group stage, and making it to the semi-finals of Scotland’s League Cup.

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