Ange Postecoglou has said the door is “always open” for Scott Brown to return to Parkhead after the nine in a row winning captain left Premiership rivals Aberdeen to focus on a coaching career.
The Celtic manager hailed Brown as one of the club’s greatest ever players and said there will always be a welcome place there for him.
The 36-year-old, who spent 14 years at Celtic before leaving in 2021, played 33 times for the Dons this season but decided to hang up his boots earlier this week.
The decision came shortly after the departure of Stephen Glass as the Pittodrie side slipped into tenth place in the league.
Brown won ten league titles at Celtic and captained the Hoops to a historic quadruple treble during a trophy-laden spell in Glasgow.
The current manager wouldn’t be against the idea of the iconic skipper returning to Parkhead.
When asked about reports linking Brown with a coaching role at Celtic on Thursday Postecoglou said: “I am not sure what you are referring to but from my perspective, I don’t think anyone should be in any doubt that there will always be an open door here for Scott Brown.
“The guy is one of the legends of this football club and will go down as one of its greatest ever.
“In terms of what he wants to do with his future, I think he is best placed to answer that.
“He has obviously made a decision right now and it’s up to him to chart his course.
“From my perspective, he is a guy who I have admired from afar and having been here now for the last eight or nine months and just hearing about him and the kind of person he was as much as a footballer, as I said, he has left a massive legacy here at this football club.
“So from that perspective, whatever he does in the future I am sure there will always be a welcome place for him here.”
Celtic play Dundee United in the Scottish Cup quarter-final at Tannadice on Monday.