Ange Postecoglou lifts lid on process to choose tonight's Celtic captain

By John McGinley

September 16, 2021

Ange Postecoglou will make a final decision on who will be tonight’s Celtic captain today.

Club leader Callum McGregor is a confirmed absentee for the encounter away to Real Betis.

With no recognised club vice-captain, the manager has a big decision to make on who will lead out the team and guide the Bhoys through the Europa League fixture.

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Tom Rogic was initially handed the armband when McGregor was substituted off at the weekend before Joe Hart ended up with it following the Australian’s exit from the match.

Ange wasn’t giving much away when asked about the issue yesterday but did confirm it will be a decision made late on and that the person selected will be the most comfortable in the role.

Speaking to The Scotsman, he said: “I haven’t selected one yet. When you look around the group it’s a pretty big group, there aren’t many who have been around for too long. From my perspective, it’s about who’s going to feel the most comfortable in the role.

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“We have brought some experience to the club, which I think will help us, particularly tomorrow night. I’ll have a look at it tomorrow.

“It was a bit of a relay every time someone came off [on Saturday]. It might be the same thing – like musical chairs and the one left ends up being captain.”

From the manager’s comments, Hart may well be the smart choice this evening given his experience and naturally outspoken nature.

Rogic is obviously a prime contender too given he was actually handed it by McGregor on Saturday before anyone else.

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Everyone will be hoping that the absence of the Scotland international won’t be felt too much.

The captain is an important role on a matchday, but it shouldn’t influence a result. More important of course is a team performance, decision making and effort levels. That is down to the individuals who take to the park.

With Celtic expected to be behind the ball for the majority of tonight’s encounter, it could well be a night for Hart to do the talking and organisation.

In other news, Nir Bitton also missed Celtic European trip for religious reasons.