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THE playing careers of the Hibernian Brat Pack that broke through en masse at the start of the millennium are gradually winding to a close. Tam McManus, Derek Riordan, Garry O’Connor, and Kevin Thomson have all called it a day, while Steven Whittaker admitted last week that he is now considering his post-playing options. Only Scott Brown endures.

That does not come as a surprise to Ian Murray. The Airdrie manager was one of the first of that group to make the breakthrough at Easter Road and was already captain when Brown made his debut as a 17-year-old in May 2003 in a side that also featured McManus, Riordan and O’Connor.

Murray and Brown will be re-united at Celtic Park on Saturday. The former will be in the visiting dug-out, desperate to end Celtic’s chances of completing a treble-treble by knocking them out of the Scottish Cup. The latter could be in the Celtic starting line-up or at the very least on the bench, and Murray looks forward to catching up with his old friend.

“Hopefully when I see him I’ll be celebrating a famous result or at least a decent performance,” said the former Dumbarton and St Mirren manager, recently returned from a two-year stint in Norwegian football. “Actually, I might need to be in touch with him before the game to try to sort out a few tickets!”

Brown is still weighing up whether to leave Celtic in the summer for a new life in Australia. Murray, though, just

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