Former Celtic striker and BT Sports pundit, Chris Sutton believes that Hoops midfielder Callum McGregor is ready to make the step up and take the capacity as the club prepares for life after Scott Brown, who announced he will be departing at the end of the season.
Writing in his weekly column for the Daily Record, Sutton thinks that McGregor can make that step-up, maybe not to the extent of Brown but with his experience so far he could be best equipped for the job. However, he does need the help of his Celtic team-mates ahead of the legendary Celtic figures departure.
“I felt Brown should have been retained to help with transition and now that is going to fall onto McGregor’s shoulders.
“At the age of 27, he is ready to do the job. He’s been there for long enough and he sets examples with his work-rate, his talent and his attitude.
“McGregor speaks well, as a captain should, and it is my understanding that he commands the respect of the people inside the dressing room and inside the club.
“You have to have that. You need to have a voice. You need to have a presence.
“Captains have changed down the years. In my days, it was Tony Adams and Steve Bruce-types. Vocal leaders. Warriors. Tim Sherwood was probably my favourite captain at Blackburn and he was more in that mould.
“These days, it’s different. Where Adams was the skipper at Arsenal, now it is Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.”
No matter who replaces Brown, as he moves on to the next stage of his career in a player/coach role at Aberdeen, have an incredibly tough task ahead.
At this stage though, McGregor is probably the best person to take that role. Having played and learned alongside Brown for years, he will have gained a lot of knowledge from such a legendary Celtic figure.
With such a big season ahead in our attempts to win the title back, whilst also having a massive rebuild on-going within the club, it is important that no matter who the captain is going forward, they have the respect and support of the fans and players to help try and take the club forward.