SCOTT Sinclair believes that the first act of any new management team has to be to offer Scott Brown another contract.

The Celtic captain is free to leave Celtic this summer and has been linked with a player-coaching role at Aberdeen should Stephen Glass be successful in landing the Pittodrie job.

Sinclair, though, has cautioned against losing the influence of the midfielder who has been at the club for 14 years and has won 22 trophies in that time, believing that he can be the ideal conduit between a new and old regime as well as between the players and the coaching staff.

“It is a big summer ahead with a new manager coming in and new players coming in. For me it would be imperative to keep Scott Brown in there,” said Sinclair.

“He was great when I first went into the club and he just has so much influence in the changing room. He has the respect of everyone but he also knows what it takes to be a winner and to deliver success to the club.

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“He would be the player that I think you need to hang onto because he can be the link between the dressing room and a new managerial team. He won’t play the 50 odd games a season that he was doing only a few years ago but I think even Scott himself would accept those days are gone.

“But he can still do a job in terms of playing sporadically and offering leadership in and around the club.”