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PersonalFullname: Mark Brown
Born: 28 Feb 1981
Signed: 18 Jan 2007
Left: 30 Jan 2010
BiogGoalkeeper Mark Brown came to Celtic from Inverness Caledonian Thistle on January 17th 2007.
The keeper had started his career with Rangers before moving on to Motherwell and then ICT where he had impressed with his solid displays. With just six months remaining on his Caley contract he signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Bhoys.
Brown knew he would be understudy to the world class Artur Boruc but despite Hibernian and Falkirk offering first team opportunites in the summer he couldn’t resist the chance to try his luck at Celtic Park.
He would have to wait for the last game of the season to make his first start for his new club (a 2-1 defeat at Hibs on May 20th) but an injury to Boruc meant Brown was also in goals at the start of the 2007/08 campaign when Celtic grabbed a vital 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow in a Champions League qualifier.
After that occasion opportunities were rare for Brown. He stood in for the injured Boruc in December but failed to impress as Celtic struggled to a 1-1 draw at home to St Mirren and then crashed 3-2 to Inverness. Regarded as an occasional stand-in there are currently few (if any) Celtic fans who, after being spoilt by the top quality displays of Boruc, would be happy with Brown as No1.
In truth he was a bit rank, a very poor signing indeed. His ability was much questioned and in the aforementioned 3-2 loss to Caley, there are few who would argue that Brown wasn't at fault. One problem with having Brown is that made Boruc over comfortable in his slot in knowing that there was no serious substitute for him and likely partly contributed to Boruc's loss of form
Following the arrival of Zaluska to the squad as a new reserve goalkeeper, Brown was relegated in the pecking order (much to the relief of many a Celtic fan), and in Aug 09 he was loaned out to Kilmarnock.
In Jan 2010 he moved to Hibernian for an undisclosed fee, and carried on from there. He wasn't going to make it at Celtic and a change was for the best.
|Club||From||To||Fee||League||Scottish/FA Cup||League cup||Other|
|Kilmarnock||01/09/2009||30/01/2010||Loan||14 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Celtic||18/01/2007||30/01/2010||Signed||13 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0|
|Inverness CT||02/08/2002||18/01/2007||Free||170 (0)||0||16 (0)||0||11 (0)||0||6 (0)||0|
|Motherwell||01/06/2001||02/08/2002||Free||19 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
|Rangers||01/07/1997||01/06/2001||Youth||4 (0)||0||0 (0)||0||1 (0)||0||0 (0)||0|
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