Frank McAvennie has tipped Scott Brown to come back stronger after he was unexpectedly dropped from the Celtic eleven that drew at Aberdeen on Sunday.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 35-year-old’s influence on the team is “second to none” and warned doubters to be “very wary” of writing him off.

Brown dropped to the bench on Sunday as Neil Lennon switched personnel and formation for the trip to Pittodrie.

The Hoops captain, who has entered the final eight months of his contract at the club, was sacrificed as Lennon reverted to 4-2-3-1 in light of defeats against Rangers and AC Milan.

Despite his absence, McAvennie believes Brown will play a “major part” in Celtic’s title defence this season.

“I did not think Lenny would leave him out but he tried to change it and go with a back four,” he told Football Insider.

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“I going to be honest with you, many people have said in the past that it is time for him to step away and Scott has shut everybody up.

“Maybe he needed a wee rest. I know Scott, he would have been training during the break.

“All I will say is write him off at your peril. We have all done it before and then he comes back and you go, ‘Oh my God.’

“His influence on the team is second to none. I would be very wary of writing off Scott Brown because I believe he will still play a major part this year.”

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