Frank McAvennie applauded “deflated” Celtic captain Scott Brown after he delivered a “very honest” assessment of the club’s situation amid a Peter Lawwell rallying cry.

However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend insisted that the players’ words mean nothing unless performances on the park improve.

Brown, 35, addressed fans in an interview with Celtic TV after a run of just two wins in 10 has put significant pressure on Neil Lennon’s position at the club.

The players were met by ugly scenes outside Paradise following their 2-0 defeat against Ross County in the League Cup – their first loss in a domestic cup competition since 2016.

The club’s chief executive Lawwell urged supporters to get behind the team in a statement yesterday, calling for “strength in adversity”.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Brown’s interview last night, McAvennie said: “I saw Scott Brown and he was very honest.

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“He is always so honest and I think he is the only one putting effort in but I agree that he looked deflated.

“He is not playing well but he is trying to do everything for the club.

“Other players like Christie have come out and said, ‘We want you to know that we care.’ Well you need to show it on the park.

“I believe Browny is as honest as the day is long. He always puts a shift in and always comes back when people write him off.”  

In other Celtic news, pundit suggests bust-up between Lennon and star players at heart of decline.