Brown poised to pen new deal

Hoops skipper expects to sign in the next couple of weeks

Brown: Admits he is to blame for the delay in deal being signed

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Scott Brown admits he is close to signing a new contract at Celtic, with only 'nitpicking' on his part delaying a deal.

The Hoops skipper has been locked in discussions for some time, with both sides of the talks keen to get an extension in place.

Brown's current deal is set to expire next summer and he has expressed on numerous occasions a desire to remain at Parkhead.

He believes an agreement will be reached and is confident the situation will be resolved in the next couple of weeks.

Asked what the hold-up was, Brown said: "It's just me nitpicking to be perfectly honest.

"Hopefully (it will be done) within the next one or two weeks."

Encouraging

The Scotland midfielder denies contract talks have been a distraction.

"Not in the slightest," he said.

"I just continue with my game, pretty much as I do every week and when it happens it happens."

Brown then claimed that the decision of team-mates Emilio Izaguirre and Charlie Mulgrew over the weekend to extend their contracts at Celtic until 2015 had been encouraging.

"Definitely, it looks like the club is going forward by tying those players down," said the former Hibernian midfielder.

"It's great for the club and shows we are trying to keep the players who have been doing well in the last couple of seasons."