Frank McAvennie has told Scott Brown to continue playing as long as he can as the Celtic captain approaches the end of his current contract.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, revealed that the 35-year-old has began coaching at Celtic and suggested that a career in management beckons.

Brown has entered the final eight months of his contract at Celtic Park, having put pen to paper on an extension in January 2019.

He has made 14 appearances for Neil Lennon’s side so far this season, starting all but one of the Hoops’ fixtures.

Earlier this year, Lennon insisted that he would offer Brown a coaching role at the club if he was still the manager when the midfielder retires.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Brown’s future, McAvennie said:

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“When the time is right I think he will go onto the coaching staff and has the potential to go into management.

“I heard that he is doing some coaching at the moment at Celtic.

“He knows that he cannot play at the top level forever. Every time someone says he is finished he proves everyone wrong. I am a great believer in ‘age is only a number’.

“The biggest advice I can give him is play as long as you can because you miss it. Coaching is nothing compared to getting out there on the park on a Saturday.”

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