Collins expects Brown exit
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Collins expects Scott Brown to leave Hibernian in the summer.
Hibernian boss John Collins is resigned to the fact that Scott Brown will probably leave the club in the summer.
The highly-rated midfielder almost left the club during the January transfer window only for Hibs to reject Celtic's offer for Brown.
Brown was involved in a contract wrangle along with former team-mate Kevin Thomson in January with both players seeking new improved deals.
Thomson left Hibs to join Rangers before the close of the transfer window and after Brown failed to move on the attacking midfielder opted to withdraw his transfer request.
A number of clubs are monitoring Brown's situation in Edinburgh and Collins has accepted he is likely to lose his star midfielder
"Scotty will go, probably in the summer," Collins told radio station talk107. "It's not definite, but if the right offer comes in, Scotty will go in the summer."
Collins, however, remains determined to keep hold of his best young players and has ruled out selling talented trio Steven Whittaker, Steven Fletcher and Lewis Stevenson.
"All these other boys you've mentioned are on long contracts," added Collins. "So we won't be selling anybody else in the summer, that's for sure."
After accepting he would not leave in January, Brown declared he was ready to see out his current contract, which runs until 2009.