It’s clear that Scott Brown’s Celtic career has “come to an end” after his Old Firm snub but the 35-year-old still has a role to play. 

That is according to Parkhead hero Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs after Celtic’s crushing 1-0 defeat to Rangers on 2 January.

The captain watched the match from the bench for the first 70 minutes before being introduced immediately after Callum McGregor’s own-goal.

Brown has seen his playing time reduced this season and had started none of the five matches leading up to the Old Firm derby, with McGregor, David Turnbull and Ismaila Soro generally preferred by Neil Lennon.

For McAvennie, Brown’s days as a Celtic player are numbered but he can still play his part in a different role from the sidelines.

“Listen, all good things come to an end,” he told Football Insider.

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“Scott still has a massive role to play at the club in my opinion but Soro and Turnbull have so much energy and enthusiasm. The first thing they do is look forward.

“Scott Brown will be great for the pair of them because he will come in and help them. I think Scott should be on the coaching staff, that’s for sure.”

Even if he is out of the starting XI, Brown is rarely out of the headlines.

Last week, the midfielder was pictured lounging by the pool, chatting with Lennon over a pint as the pair enjoyed a controversial mid-season holiday in Dubai.

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