New A-League side Western Melbourne have hit a snag in their pursuit of Celtic midfielder Scott Brown, according to The Daily Mail.
Brown has already rejected an initial contract offer from the ambitious outfit, although further talks are expected this week as they continue to pursue the Hoops veteran.
However, funding could now be an issue, with the paper reporting that the A-League will deny the club financial assistance to bring the 33-year-old to Australian football.
That could all but end their hopes of luring Brown away from Celtic, who are also said to be keen to sign up the midfielder to a new contract despite his advancing years.
I would love to see the captain commit his final playing years to the Hoops, despite recent criticism for perceived poor form over the last couple of months.
He still has plenty to offer the club on and off the pitch and those dismissing his influence in the dressing room are wrong.
Others, such as Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie, may take over his playing time more and more over the next couple of years, but Brown has been a massive part of our enormous trophy success and we shouldn’t rush to get rid of him anytime soon.