Frank McAvennie is “gutted” Scott Brown has decided to join Aberdeen as the Celtic captain revealed why he decided to leave.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Parkhead legend said he would have “definitely” kept the 35-year-old at the club given his great influence both on and off the field.

As quoted by Sky Sports, Brown revealed that he turned down a one-year contract offer from the Hoops to sign a two-year player/coach deal at Pittodrie.

The centre-midfielder added that the uncertainty regarding Celtic’s next manager was in part responsible for his decision to leave.

McAvennie is “really disappointed” that fans cannot give Brown the send off that he deserves.

“I’m gutted as a Celtic supporter that he is leaving because he is a great talent and a player that I would have definitely kept,” he told Football Insider.

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“He is so much of an influence behind the scenes. I would have given him the coaching side of it as well.

“He was offered two years at Aberdeen with his pal and Celtic only have offered him a year, it is a strange one.

“It’s a shame because you need legends around the club to show you people what the club is all about. This is not just Celtic, this is every club, your Barnsleys, your Middlesbroughs, every club needs it.

“I would have liked Scott to stay and I’m really disappointed the fans will not be able to give him the send off he deserves.

“I wish him all the best and I thank him for his service, well done.”

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