Celtic

Scott Brown is departing Celtic at the right time and his move to Aberdeen “suits both parties”, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England striker hailed the 35-year-old’s “tremendous” career at Parkhead as he is set to leave after 14-years of service.

The club confirmed he will join Aberdeen in a player-coach role when his current deal with the Glasgow giants expires in the summer.

He will join his former Hibs teammate Stephen Glass who was appointed as the Dons’ new manager earlier this month.

Brown will leave the Hoops with at least 22 major honours under his belt and his reputation as a modern-day club great secured.

Asked whether his departure is a blow to the next Celtic manager, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It’s hard.

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“You look at Scott Brown and he’s had a tremendous career, amazing player and captain of Celtic.

“But he’s 35 now, sometimes you’re time comes to an end. Everything comes to an end.

“I think it probably is the right time for it to end and for him to start his coaching career. It suits both parties, to be honest.

“After the season Celtic have had they need to make a lot of changes so they’ve got something to build from.”

Brown told the Aberdeen website after his move was announced: “I still feel I have got a lot to give, not only on the pitch, but in a broader capacity as I embark on my coaching journey.

“I will be relentless in my quest for success for Aberdeen.”

In other news, a top pundit has urged Celtic to seal a deal for an “ideal” Odsonne Edouard replacement who Brendan Rodgers loves.