Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell held talks with Parkhead captain Scott Brown this week – and told him the decision on his future is entirely in his own hands.

Brown, who lost his first team place to Ismaila Soro at the end of last year and has frequently started games on the bench during the 2020/21 campaign, is out of contract at the end of May.

The midfielder turns 36 in June and it is unclear if he will sign a new deal, move elsewhere to finish his playing career or take up a coaching role at Lennoxtown.

A new manager is set to come in to replace Neil Lennon, who resigned from his position on Tuesday in the wake of a 1-0 defeat to Ross County away, in the coming months.

But Lawwell, who will himself stand down in June after nearly 18 years at the Glasgow giants, informed Brown he is free to choose what he wants to do.  

Glasgow Times:

Asked what his intentions are, the Celtic captain said: “I am not 100% sure if I am honest. I take it one game at a time and go with the flow.

"I spoke to Peter about the situation a couple of days ago as well and he says he it is completely and utterly up to myself whether I want to stay or go into a coaching role.

“As it stands now I am here to support John (caretaker Kennedy) and to try to help the lads as much as I possibly can and see what happens. I’ll see if I am still playing and take it from there at the end of the season. 

“It is not that long until the end of the season and it would be a bit premature now to say that I wanted to dive in or say that I wanted to a coaching role. For me it is about trying to play for as long as I can, trying to keep myself happy and fit.”