Brendan Rodgers must decide soon who Celtic’s vice captain is – Kieran Tierney or Mikael Lustig.
Both have had their turns as captain in Scott Brown’s absence but now is the time to decide who his second in command is.
The players are the opposite of each other which brings up some points that could decide the vice captaincy.
Lustig is the experienced international defender who has been in the first team 10 years, making 250 appearances.
Whereas Tierney is less experienced but is the homegrown Bhoy who would die for the club.
Both are definitely fan favourites but Lustig’s performances this season have not been up to scratch.
Tale of the tape
Lustig has been in and out the team, whereas Tierney has been more prevalent.
The Scottish international’s performances have also been at a higher consistent level.
Lustig’s experience and leadership skills exceed Tierney’s but captains need to always be in the team and Lustig isn’t.
Cristian Gamboa has been tried at right back, as has Jack Hendry, showing a lack of support for Lustig as number one choice.
Tierney is consistently in the team and can play in a variety of positions if needs be.
Until Brown’s return, it looks like it will be Tierney or Lustig who is up for debate.
It’s a head to head not a triple threat
Nobody else can lay a glove on those two, with only Craig Gordon coming closest.
However Gordon isn’t a guaranteed regular as Scott Bain has been featuring in the cups.
A vice captain shows a stronger team ethic and is another leader who can take the reins when required.
When Brown is not playing, we need someone to step up and call the shots on the pitch, and we’ve needed that for a while.
Nobody comes close to Tierney and Lustig and it’s the manager who has to decide.
That’s why he gets paid big bucks to make such decisions as there is little separating their captain qualities.