Scott Brown may have had his pathway into coaching “blocked” at Celtic ahead of his move to Aberdeen, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was very surprised to see the 35-year-old leaving Parkhead at the end of the season.

Celtic confirmed last week the midfielder would be joining Aberdeen in a player-coach capacity after 14 years in Glasgow.

Other than a brief drop down the pecking order over winter, Brown has been a mainstay for Celtic this season.

He has played 36 times across all competitions, with 20 league starts under his belt.

Hutton, who played alongside Brown for Scotland, admitted it would be “strange” seeing him in an Aberdeen shirt.

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He suggested there may not have been a coaching role made available to him at Parkhead, hence the switch to Pittodrie.

Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: I was still surprised, I must admit. Obviously, I’ve watched his career all the way through at Celtic and played with him for Scotland.

“I know how much Celtic meant to him. So I thought he’d be there till his end. I must admit, it’ll be strange seeing him turn out in an Aberdeen strip. It’s just one of those kinds of strange things.

“It just kind of seems to me that maybe the pathway that he wanted at Celtic had maybe been blocked. Maybe there was a little bit of: ‘I’m not sure, you’ll have to wait and see when the new manager comes in.’ He might not have got the game time he was looking for next season.

“There’s a lot of ifs and buts, he probably feels now he’s done everything that he possibly can at Celtic. I don’t think you can begrudge that. I think he’s been excellent over the years.

“For him go away and try something new, and then really break into the managerial side of it, he obviously sees Aberdeen as being the best suit for him.” 

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