After over a decade at the club, you would think that a player of Scott Brown's stature would have plenty to ponder when deciding to leave Celtic.

For the now Ayr United manager though, he insists it was not a huge consideration for him to leave Celtic Park.

The legendary figure left the Hoops in 2021 after a trophy-laden career at the Scottish champions.

Departing aged 36, he moved to Aberdeen to play as a player-coach under Stephen Glass, who was Derek McInnes' original successor at Pittodrie.

It didn't go to plan in the north east and he left after less than a season, with his first steps into coaching coming at Fleetwood Town.

He's now at Ayr in the Championship and will be looking to rebuild his squad ahead of a promotion tilt next season.

He appeared on the Scottish Football podcast recently and was asked about the moment he knew he'd be leaving Celtic. And it was here he revealed there wasn't much to think about.

He said:  "There was no consideration for me, I was going. I was getting too old and fragile.

"If I wanted I could have probably have stayed and held on to me being a 36-year-old and trying to be 'watch me I can still do this at the highest level' but I didn't want to disrespect the fans and say I am still captain of this club, will turn up, run about and watch me I can still do it when I knew deep down I couldn't.

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"I went up to Aberdeen to go in and understand what I wanted. Glassy offered me the chance to go up there as part of his coaching staff. It was a great learning experience. We worked really well together and I was in their dressing room jumping between there and the players.

"The only problem was me probably. I just couldn't get about compared to what my brain wanted me to do. At the same time I was 36, I was still fit running in straight lines but my hip started to slowly cause me problems. I ended up playing sweeper for them.

"Sweeper worked quite well as I am quite calm on the ball, didn't have to run as much and had two lads who were rapid beside me. So for us to squeeze a good line there was not that much pressure on myself to make sure I was making that last ditch tackle, or win that header. We did really play some good games. We had a good team. It was just small details and we couldn't keep a clean sweep. Maybe it was because I was at the back."