Scott Brown would jump at the chance to sign a new contract at Celtic despite falling down the pecking order this season.

That is according to former Leeds striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs after Celtic assistant manager John Kennedy delivered an insight into the midfielder’s future at Parkhead.

As quoted by the Daily Record, the Hoops’ no.2 revealed he had spoken to the veteran midfielder and confirmed there had been discussions between the club and Brown over his future plans.

The 35-year-old’s current terms are set to expire at the end of the season and it is unknown if he will be offered a new deal to stay.

Whelan believes that Brown still has a lot to offer Celtic and he even tipped the defender to start his coaching career at Parkhead.

“He deserves a new deal, absolutely. I know he is coming to the back end of his career but he still has a lot to offer that football club,” Whelan told Football Insider.

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“He has been a permanent fixture there and he knows the club inside out. The contract will be a playing contract but I think he will be looking to get into coaching as well.

“I am sure Celtic would offer him that in the future and I am sure Scott Brown would snap their hands off.

“He has so much experience so he could offer a great deal to young players.”

Kennedy told the Daily Record: “I’ve spoken to Scott and I know he’s spoken to people at the club in terms of beyond the season. His focus is very much on the here and now. We have a challenge on our hands and he wants to meet it head-on.

“He’ll deal with whatever happens after that. Scott’s not thinking too far ahead. Does he have another year in him? I think he might have. It will be Scott’s decision. He’ll know exactly how he feels as the season progresses.”

In other news, Sunderland have been tipped to make two more signings in January.