Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says he’s “not surprised” after Scott Brown was linked with a move away from Parkhead.
The Hoops gaffer insists he’ll give his captain all the time he needs to make a decision over his future at the club.
Brown, 33, has been targeted by Australian A-League hopefuls Western Melbourne as they look to make the midfielder their marquee signing, the Mail reports.
Brown’s current deal with the Scottish champions is up next summer, while the Aussies wait to see if their application into the division from October 2019 will be successful.
It’s understood the former Scotland star has been in discussions with Celts chiefs over a contract extension.
But Rodgers insists Brown has earned the right to weigh up all future options – and says it’s only natural that the skipper is attracting such interest following his recent form.
He said: “I’m not surprised if there are people in for Scott. He’s shown such incredible loyalty to Celtic – but he has got the football rewards from it as well. After ten years, he’s been great for the club.
“But he’s getting towards the cycle of life for a footballer where he may want to look at other things.
“Scott loves it at Celtic and loves being here, but players can get offered a financial reward late in their career for two or three years.”
Brown has enjoyed the best form of his career in the past two seasons under Rodgers, leading the Hoops to a double-Treble.
Rodgers’ comments come after he backed striker Leigh Griffiths over his decision to withdraw from Alex McLeish’s Scotland squad during the international break.
Celtic take on former boss Neil Lennon’s Hibs side in the Scottish Premiership today as they look to close the gap on leaders Hearts.