Alex McLeish has admitted he is surprised Scott Brown has chosen to leave Celtic before the appointment of a new manager.
The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, revealed he thought the 35-year-old would hold off on making a decision to see who would take charge at Parkhead.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Bhoys have opened talks with Roy Keane over the vacant post.
Celtic confirmed Brown would join Aberdeen in a player-coach role next season on Thursday afternoon.
The Bhoys reportedly tabled a one-year contract extension as they hoped for a change of heart from the midfielder.
Celtic are still in managerial limbo following Lennon’s resignation last month.
McLeish admitted he thought Brown would at least wait to find out what a new manager had in store for him before choosing to stay or leave.
McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Scott has every right to think about a coaching career. Him and Stephen Glass played together at Hibs so there is a connection there already.
“I think he’s got to have been thinking about it (a coaching career). He’s had a very credible career at Celtic with trophies and titles. Also, his Scotland career, which I think started.
“I suspected he’d wait on Celtic making some announcement soon over the managerial status and see where everybody aligns with that. I thought he could change his mind depending on that.”
📝 Our history-making captain, Scott Brown will leave Paradise at the end of the season.
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— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 25, 2021
Brown fell out of favour under Lennon earlier this season but has since re-established himself among the starting XI.
He has started 20 of a possible 33 league games and has made 36 appearances across all competitions this term.