Celtic

Alan Hutton expects Celtic to offer Scott Brown a new contract after hearing there’s a “forum” at the club to fast-track his coaching career.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Bhoys would need the 35-year-old’s experience to help bridge the gap between the squad and the new manager.

Brown is set to be out of contract this summer after signing a two-year extension back in 2019.

However, speaking before Lennon’s resignation, John Kennedy suggested it would be up to the midfielder whether he stayed on board past the summer.

With a new manager inbound, Hutton insisted Brown’s experience would be vital in the dressing room next season.

Asked if Celtic had to keep the veteran around, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think so. You know how I feel about experienced players, I think teams need them.

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“It’s definitely a bridge between player and manager. If somebody new comes in, they don’t know the club, they don’t know how it works for instance, that’s an experienced player you can bounce off.

“It’s as simple as that. What the players are like in training? How are the new boys settling in? Sometimes you need that go-between. He probably understands that he’s not going to play an awful lot next season.

“I heard there’s kind of a route into coaching for him through a Celtic forum if he wants. Maybe he could be that type of player, getting into coaching, that we see more of Scott Brown.

“To have that experience within your dressing room is key. You look at a couple of years before Gerrard retired at Liverpool.

“To have that experience in the dressing room, to know where the club’s all about. I think you have to have that within your squad.”

In other news, Celtic have made contact with an England-based manager about the vacant post.