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Hibernian sign goalkeeper Mark Brown from Celtic

Mark Brown leaves Easter Road on Saturday
Brown watched Hibs beat St Mirren 2-1 on Saturday

Hibernian have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Mark Brown from Celtic.

The 28-year-old, who started his career with Rangers before moving to Motherwell and Inverness Caledonian Thistle, has joined until summer 2012.

Brown, who had been on loan to Kilmarnock, told Hibs' website: "I'm delighted to be joining Hibernian.

"From the training centre through to the way the team is playing and the way the manager and the club go about their business, it is an exciting place."

Hibs this month signed 26-year-old former Motherwell goalkeeper Graeme Smith, who also began his career at Ibrox, after his release from Brighton.

I want competition throughout the team and we now have a pool of very talented keepers

Hibernian manager John Hughes

But Brown, who made 15 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, is determined not to repeat his experience with Celtic, where he found himself as back-up and played only 14 times after arriving from Inverness in 2007.

"I know I will be competing for the jersey with some excellent goalkeeping talent already at the club," he said.

"But I'm ready and prepared to work as hard as possible to get into the team."

Hibs manager John Hughes, who had been thwarted in his attempts to sign Brown in the summer because Celtic wanted a transfer fee, had signed Graham Stack in August to solve what were perceived to be goalkeeping problems at Easter Road.

But the former Plymouth Argyle man was injured in November and his replacement, Yves Ma-Kalambay, has not played since a 4-1 defeat at home to Rangers on 27 December.


Hughes, whose side sit third in the Scottish Premier League, said: "Mark is a proven goalkeeper at this level and I am delighted to have secured a player of his calibre.

"He's still got his best years ahead of him and having another keeper of Mark's standard at the club is ideal for me.

"I want competition throughout the team and we now have a pool of very talented keepers who will compete for that No.1 jersey."

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see also
Hibernian 2-1 St Mirren
30 Jan 10 |  Scottish Premier
Hibs secure ex-Well keeper Smith
02 Jan 10 |  Motherwell
Goalkeeper Stack signs for Hibs
07 Aug 09 |  Hibernian
Hibs switch goalkeeping targets
08 Jul 09 |  Celtic

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