By Noel Whelan

22nd Feb, 2021 | 9:00pm

Whelan cites Scott Brown as he slams senior Celtic stars' treatment of youngsters

Noel Whelan has criticised the leadership qualities of Celtic captain Scott Brown and his senior teammates.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker called on the 35-year-old to be a “father figure” to the Hoops’ younger players and give them the “guidance” they need.

One young player who has emerged from Celtic’s disastrous campaign with some credit is defensive midfielder Ismaila Soro.

The Ivorian enjoyed a consistent run in the side in December and January but has started just one Scottish Premiership game since Celtic’s 2-1 defeat to St. Mirren at the end of last month.

Brown has replaced the 21-year-old in Neil Lennon’s starting XI but was partially to blame for Ross County’s only goal in their 1-0 win over Celtic on Sunday.

“Scott Brown is one of those players that will voice his opinion and he’s been at the club long enough to be given the right to do that,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

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“Sometimes you get these more mature, long-serving players and their opinion counts and that’s what Scott Brown has done.

“He’s got to be like a father figure at times to these very good young players coming through there.

“But when you look around at the more experienced players, you feel they’re not getting the guidance that they need.”

David Turnbull told the Celtic website last month that Brown had played a big role in helping him settle in at Parkhead following his summer move from Motherwell.

The young midfielder said: “Scott Brown has been brilliant with me, having a laugh off the pitch and giving me pointers and tips here and there on the pitch.”

In other news, Frank McAvennie has tipped Ryan Christie to quit Celtic after “stories” he has heard.