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Southgate: I tried to sign this Celtic star for Middlesbrough

Though interest in international football is pretty much at an all-time low for the punters in the Transfer Tavern, the fast-approaching England vs Scotland clash has at least provided something to talk about.

With both the Three Lions and the Tartan Army at their lowest ebbs in years, you may have been forgiven in thinking the rivalry between the two would have dampened.

Well, you would have been wrong.

Speaking ahead of perhaps his most difficult game in charge yet, England interim boss Gareth Southgate has revealed his admiration for Scotland midfielder Scott Brown.

The Celtic skipper recently reversed his decision to retire from international duty and will be in contention for Gordan Strachan after a return to form at club level.

Now, as reported by the Scottish Sun, Southgate has announced he once tried to SIGN the 31-year-old when he was in charge of Middlesbrough.

At the time, ‘Broony’ was playing for Hibernian, though is said to have snubbed interest from Teeside to remain north of the border.

“I was trying to get him to Middlesbrough in 2007 when he was at Hibs. But he had his heart set on Celtic and I could see his character back then”, said Southgate.

“I’m not surprised that Scott has come out of retirement for this game. I’m aware of what playing in a fixture like this means to the Scots.

“It would also seem that Scott and Gordon have a very strong relationship from their time at Celtic.”

Should Brown start for Scotland against England? 

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