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Paul Robinson has pointed the finger at the Celtic board after Scott Brown agreed a pre-contract with Aberdeen.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Spurs and Leeds United goalkeeper is adamant the next manager would have wanted the 35-year-old on their coaching staff, regardless of who he is.

Brown announced last week that he would be leaving Celtic at the end of the season to take up a player/coach role at Aberdeen.

The club captain has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season, including starts in eight of the last nine league games.

Robinson questioned why Brown was not given a coaching role when he has ‘more experience’ than John Kennedy, who is just two years his elder.

“I am very disappointed, and I am sure a lot of Celtic fans are disappointed to see that he has been allowed to leave so easily,” he told Football Insider.

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“He is a talisman and a stalwart for Celtic so it is incredible to see that he has been allowed to leave for a rival, if you like.

“He has been at the club for so long now and if it is coaching that he wants to pursue, why on earth did they not have a role ready for him at Celtic? Whether that be at academy level or with the first team, the club should have had one ready.

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“John Kennedy is only a couple of years older than him, and he’s probably got less experience than Scott Brown.

“Why would you consider letting somebody like that go? If a new manager comes in, from my point of view, Scott Brown would have been an absolute must.”

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