Frank McAvennie is baffled by Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s decision to pick Scott Brown ahead of Ismaila Soro for the fourth straight game.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Parkhead legend said Brown, 35, should be used sparingly with Soro, 22, given the majority of game time in the holding midfield role.

Soro was an unused substitute on Sunday as the Hoops moved back to within 18 points of league-leaders Rangers with a 2-1 win at St Johnstone.

In total he has made 16 appearances this season, having particularly impressed in the month of December where Celtic won four consecutive league games.

But the Ivorian midfielder has not started for Neil Lennon’s side since the 2-1 loss at St Mirren last month, with club legend Brown instead given a run of starts.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Neil Lennon’s team selection, McAvennie said: “I cannot be bothered with this about Soro.

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“He has not played too many games, he is only a young boy. I think Soro and Turnbull are the future.

“I am a massive fan of Scott Brown but he should be playing less. They need to let Soro play more.

“Scott Brown is still needed in the dressing room and on the park for certain games and at certain times.

“He should be given a rest and let Soro play the majority of games. Sometimes they should take Brown off and save his legs.” 

In other news, Celtic have just agreed to let go of a player who is ‘player’ than Frimpong, according to Frank McAvennie.