Celtic candidates for vice-captaincy are worryingly thin

By David Walton

March 25, 2021

The news about Scott Brown departing Celtic this summer will still shock many, but nearly as surprising is the lack of candidates we have to be the next vice-captain.

It looks all but certain that Callum McGregor will be Celtic’s next captain come the end of the season. When Brown leaves for Pittodrie in the summer, Callum is the standout.

But any new manager will then have to find an appointment for a new role. Because if/when McGregor takes up the role of vice-captaincy, he’ll leave his previous one behind.

That means a new second-in-command will need to be appointed. But that creates a major concern for Celtic when you look around the dressing room. As it stands, vice-captain candidates are hard to find in a dressing-room that lacks leaders.

Firstly, it will all depend on what the new manager is looking for. He may not even want McGregor to be his new captain and instead try to bring in a fresh leader. Granted, that seems a touch unlikely.

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The main issue will be finding a new vice-captain for Callum. The standout candidates if you want to call them that would be the likes of James Forrest and Ryan Christie given they grew up steeped in Celtic tradition.

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However, you also need to be a figurehead to wear the armband. That’s not a trait you can categorise with either James or Ryan.

The next standout would be Kristoffer Ajer, who signed for the club back in 16. He’s a dominating figure at the back and is constantly looking to bark orders from the centre-back area. However, he’ll be into the final 12 months of his contract in the summer and is being urged by Norwegian management to leave the club.

Kristoffer Ajer in action for Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That raises a major concern. As when you look around the squad, we’re left with no real alternatives. Sure you could stick it on the likes of Nir Bitton, another who’s been here for a prolonged period. But he seldom plays for the club and is another linked with a move away [Scottish Sun].

David Turnbull is far too young to be handed the responsibility. Same goes for Stephen Welsh. Greg Taylor, meanwhile, simply doesn’t get enough game-time and is another who hardly barks out the orders. All that is added to the fact we don’t have a proper number one goalkeeper who can command things either.

Our vice-captain candidates are worryingly thin when McGregor does get appointed as the top man. That’s going to be something the new manager needs to sort out immediately.

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