By Coral Barry

Scott Brown will struggle to convince the incoming Celtic manager that he is capable of wearing a Hoops jersey, according to Davie Provan.

Provan, who spent eight years at Celtic as a player, believes Brown is well past his best years and was not even that good to begin with.

Brown, 30, has come under intense scrutiny this season as Celtic captain, with the club failing to yet again live up to the expectations of the Hoops faithful.

Celtic will have just one piece of silverware to show for the campaign’s efforts after being knocked out of both Scottish cup competitions and Provan has urged Ronny Deila’s replacement to strip Brown of his skipper duties.

“With persistent injuries kicking in I’d be surprised if the club captain has a significant contribution to make for Deila’s successor,” said Provan writing in his Sun column. “Whoever comes in should be looking for a new dressing room leader with Brown’s best years now behind him.

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“When it comes time for Broony to pack in, he’ll have done well for himself. He reached 50 caps for Scotland, was Player of the Year and hoovered up domestic silverware.

“His admirers will regard him as a good Celtic servant. Me? I’ll remember him as a poor man’s Murdo MacLeod.”

Brown lashed out last week at former Hoops player Andy Walker branding him a “poor man’s Gary Neville” after the TV analyst continued to be a vocal critic of the current Celtic squad.

The Celtic captain has taken to the press on numerous occasions in recent months to defend his team’s performances.

Brown’s own season has been continuously interrupted by injury with the 30-year-old limited to 22 starts in the Scottish Premiership this campaign, but Provan believes that even when the midfielder has been fit, he has not done enough to show he is a true Celtic legend.

The former winger said: “If the midfielder had turned up for the Old Firm semi-final, Deila might not have had to resign.

“That was the final straw for supporters. A day when the manager needed his captain to justify his reputation.

“Before the game we had Broony giving Andy Halliday the Keano eyes in an attempt to intimidate the Gers man. Fine, but when the game started Brown was the one reported missing.

“That was no surprise to me. When was the last time Broony turned in a big occasion performance for Celtic or Scotland?

“Yeah, Gordon Strachan is a big fan, but where was Scott when the crunch Euro ties had to be won? When did he last influence a Champions League game for Celtic?

“He’s better known on the continent for that stupid red card swipe at Neymar that cost Celts any chance of beating Barcelona three years ago.”

In other Celtic news, one Hoops loanee is ready to make his loan deal permanent.