Hibs have this afternoon confirmed that Scott Brown will be joining Celtic when the transfer window opens next month.
It's though the the price will be £4.4m with add-ons meaning the fee could rise above £5m.
Hibs midfielder Brown used the official club website to thank the club and fans and said:
"Hibernian has been fantastic for me and I have enjoyed every minute at the Club. I am delighted that I stayed and helped the Club to win the CIS Cup - I will always remember that day at Hampden. I would like to thank the fans for the tremendous support they have given me over the years, and everyone at the Club who has helped me with my career."
Brown, 21, has also donated a percentage of his slice of the transfer fee to the club's youth academy.
Hibs boss John Collins was gutted at losing Brown and said:
"Scott has been a fantastic player for this Club and while we are all sorry to see him go, we wish him well for the future. He has done everything we asked of him and more, and played a big part in delivering our first trophy for 16 years, and I am sure the fans will give him a great send-off."
Rod Petrie also stated the reasons to why Brown was allowed to go and said:
"Everyone knew Scott would be leaving at the end of the season and, as we anticipated, he has had a choice of Clubs. In fact, he could have moved to the English Premiership for a fee which was less than the Club will receive from his chosen move. Scott has given up a portion of the fee to which he was entitled as part of the transfer arrangements. He wants that to go for the benefit of Hibernian's youth development programme, and we are grateful to him for that fantastic gesture.
The timing is never ideal but we had been in contact with a number of clubs since the transfer window closed in January. Throughout this time and despite all the speculation, Scott has shown a great attitude and he has been a credit to the Club, to himself and to his family."
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