Frank McAvennie has urged Celtic to counter Aberdeen’s move for Scott Brown by offering him a new two-year deal.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said it “would be terrible” to see the 35-year-old leave as he still has much to offer both on and off the field.

Stephen Glass was appointed Derek McInnes’ successor at Pittodrie on Tuesday.

According to the the Scottish Sun, the 44-year-old has offered the Hoops captain a two-year player/coach deal at Aberdeen.

Brown’s contract at Celtic expires at the end of the season.

When asked for his thoughts on Brown’s potential exit, McAvennie told Football Insider:

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“I would give him at least another year, maybe even two.

“He is still such an asset to have in your dressing room. Yes, he will not play all of the time but he has shown that he is still fit enough. He is one of the fittest guys out there on the evidence of recent performances.

“He was magnificent against Rangers, even with all of this speculation over his head. It just shows you what talent he has. It was pleasing to see.

“The changing rooms have gone too soft now and Scott is a laugh and a motivator. That is why he’s a winner. You need characters like that in the dressing room.

“No disrespect to Callum McGregor but I do not know if he has that in him. I do not know if he could be that voice. It would be terrible if he left.” 

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