Celtic

Scott Brown could end his Celtic playing career at the end of the season and become a youth team coach, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Premier League defender advised the new Hoops boss to not add Brown to their backroom staff because of his lack of coaching experience and strong ties to the squad.

The veteran midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and told the Athletic last week Peter Lawwell had offered him the opportunity to begin his coaching career at Parkhead if he wishes to retire from playing.

His former teammate Jeremie Frimpong even talked up the 35-year-old’s managerial credentials at the beginning of March with an eye on the vacant position at Celtic.

Asked whether Brown would be a good addition to the new manager’s staff, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “As long as that relationship is OK between him and the new manager coming in.

“Maybe have him around in the youth team, lower down.

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“Coaching is completely different to playing. You can be the greatest leader on the pitch, you can be the best captain ever like Brown but suddenly changing from that to coaching is a completely different skill set and a completely different job.

“I don’t think people always fully appreciate that. It’s very, very hard to go from one to the other.

“Also, he’s still got ties with all those players. A new manager coming in who is going to do an overhaul will want a little bit of distance to make clear decisions.

“Maybe put him in the youth team but I wouldn’t suggest he would be a first team coach.”

In other news, a former Hoops midfielder is in line to be interviewed for the Celtic manager job despite his public stance.