By Alan Hutton

17th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

Pundit Exclusive: 'Unbelievable' player's Celtic career may be over - 'I know him well'

Scott Brown’s Celtic career could be over if he fails to “up his game” over the coming weeks, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the 35-year-old’s regular starting role is under serious threat from 22-year-old Ismaila Soro at Parkhead.

The Ivorian midfielder, who joined the Bhoys back in January of this year, has started the last two games – against Lille and Kilmarnock – while Brown has been left unused on the substitutes’ bench.

The Hoops’ captain has started 22 of his 24 appearances in what has been a turbulent season for Neil Lennon and his men.

Hutton has welcomed the added competition in midfield and insisted his old international teammate has got to find a way to get back to his best if he wants to continue playing at Parkhead.

“You always need competition, that’s the thing – if you don’t, you tend to get a wee bit lazy, and you just expect to play,” Hutton told Football Insider.

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“I think Scott Brown has been an unbelievable servant to Celtic over the years, he truly has, has he’s a great guy, I know him well, but obviously there comes a time where the young, hungry apprentice is going to be breathing down your neck and I think this is the time.

“For Scott Brown, it’s either you up your game or it’s time to move aside and let the Soro’s of the world come through and take your place. I know the type of guy Scott Brown is, he’ll never take a challenge lying down.

“He’ll head on with them and go, obviously, for the place so it’ll be a good battle between them but at the moment Soro’s playing really well.”

In other news, Celtic have got the “next Dennis Wise” on their books, claims a delighted Frank McAvennie.