By Football Insider speaking to Kevin Campbell

9th Apr, 2020 | 11:12am

Exclusive: Bruce suggests 34-yr-old may replace Celtic man after Lennon reveal

Alex Bruce suggests that Celtic midfielder Scott Brown could take the place of first-team coach Damien Duff when he leaves Parkhead.

The former Kilmarnock centre-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that the 34-year-old is the sort of character suited to taking a senior position when he hangs up his boots.

Duff is set to leave Celtic Park in the summer after it was announced he would be taking a role with the Republic of Ireland national side under new manager Stephen Kenny.

Celtic boss Lennon admitted last month that he intends to offer Brown a position among the coaching staff when he decides to call it a day on his playing career, the midfielder currently in the process of getting the necessary badges.

Bruce believes that Brown could be a natural successor to Duff, although insists the Hoops veteran has plenty of years left as a player.

Asked if Brown could take Duff’s place, Bruce told Football Insider: “Possibly. He’s the kind of character that you would want on the coaching staff so I would understand if Neil Lennon does try to get him, when he does hang his boots up, to make that step.

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“I believe Scott Brown’s still got a couple of years in him playing, from what I’ve experienced playing against him.

“However, I’m sure when he does choose to hang his boots up, there should be a position somewhere, whether it be at Celtic or somewhere else, because you want those kind of characters staying in the game.” 

Brown has played 566 times for the Bhoys during his time at Parkhead, winning nine Premiership titles, six Scottish League Cups and five Scottish Cups.

He has continued to be a mainstay in the side this season with 50 appearances under his belt already.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED the club have told a 22-year-old to find a new club.