Frank McAvennie has heaped praise on Celtic captain Scott Brown after he produced a man of the match performance against Kilmarnock.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, drew particular attention to the 35-year-old’s fitness, leadership and game management at Rugby Park.

Brown scored on his first Scottish Premiership start since 6 December – a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.

He made 10 interceptions, completed 89 per cent of his passes and won a staggering 81 per cent of his duels on Tuesday night as the Hoops bounced back from a disappointing defeat to St Mirren with a 4-0 thrashing of Kilmarnock. (Wyscout)

McAvennie believes the 55-times Scotland international still has a major role to play in Neil Lennon’s side.

“I have always said Scott has a big role to play,” he told Football Insider.

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“I have no doubt when he comes in he will lead the side well, and that is what he did.

“There was a few tackles he was on the receiving end off and he stood up to it.

“I do not think he can do it all of the time, but that is fine because they have Soro now.

“But you write off Scott at your peril. He is also a great talker, he gives a lot to the side. I was happy to see Scott starting.

“You will never hear people saying, ‘Scott Brown is not fit.’ Managers will never say that.

“He just controlled the midfield against Kilmarnock. It was a great game from him. He absolutely loved it.”

In other news, Celtic have made an approach to sign ‘their Steven Davis’ ahead of the summer transfer window.