Former Hearts midfielder and BBC Scotland pundit, Michael Stewart believes that Celtic should be keeping captain Scott Brown for another season.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound, Stewart revealed his thoughts after it had been reported that the 35-year old has been offered an extra year by the club, saying that he thinks with the up-and-coming transitional period at the club, it would be a good idea to keep Brown around.

“The thing for Scott Brown, in all seriousness, in my opinion, Celtic need to be keeping Scott Brown for another season.

“There’s a load of turnover happening at that club. Scott Brown has a part to play there – 20 or 30 games or whatever it is – to help that transition.

“If Aberdeen were to get Scott Brown, on the park, he’d make a massive difference.

“He’s out of contract, so ultimately it’s his decision. I think he’s earned the right to make that decision without any bad feeling. For me, Celtic have got to be offering him a new contract and trying to keep him there.”

When it comes to Brown’s contract situation, the club certainly has a big decision on its hands.

It has been far from his greatest season in the Hoops over his 14-year stay, with some suggesting we have seen a regression from the former Scotland captain on the park.

Despite the poor performances, it cannot be stressed enough the sort of experience Brown adds to the squad both on and off the park.

So going into such a big year for the club with the rebuild that is set to come, might not be the worst idea ever. Giving him a bit-part role on the park, whilst helping the new manager and players he brings in to settle at the club.

That could of course be impacted by Brown’s ambitions as a player this late in his career. It was revealed earlier in the week that he is currently being targetted by Aberdeen for a coaching and player role.

Whatever decision is made, the amount of success he has had in the Green and White has been incredible and he will go down as one of the clubs most successful captains when it comes to the trophies he has won over his 14-year stay.

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