What Scott Brown said about Callum McGregor and Ismaila Soro - his two likely Celtic successors
As Scott Brown announced his future departure from Celtic today, it’s time for us to look towards the future.
It’s going to be difficult for the supporters and the club as a whole to say goodbye to Brown. He leaves Parkhead with 22 competition wins to his name (potentially 23) at the end of the season. He’s made over 600 appearances for the club too. We can’t undermine just how big an influence he’s been on this football club.
However, appointments need to be made. Brown will need to be replaced as the captain whilst someone will have to take his place in the side. As things stand, the candidates for both roles are obvious.
Callum McGregor, the vice-captain, looks a cert to replace Broony as the new on-field leader. Ismaila Soro, meanwhile, is the natural replacement for him in the engine room. Below, we take a look at what Brown has had to say on both men in the past:
On Callum McGregor as quoted by the Daily Record: “When you look inside a dressing room, you know that people will follow someone like Callum because he is a top-quality player with drive and belief. I give him the respect that he deserves because he goes in and he speaks to all of the lads. He’s always got time and he’s a proper professional as well. When we were dealing with stuff when this [Covid closure of football] all began to happen, he was my go-to man. He came up with a lot of things and has helped me out.
“It’s the mark of a captain that he can easily fall into that role. When he talks before games now, all of the lads listen, which is brilliant. He’s a top-quality player who speaks very well at the same time.”
On Ismaila Soro as quoted by the Glasgow Times: “Soro has done fantastic and he is a great lad. I have played 60 games for the last 14/15 seasons at this club and I have enjoyed every single moment of it. Soro has been fantastic, he has bid his time really well and since he came in he has taken his chance.
“For me it is about trying to help Soro out as much as I can because he is still young, he is extremely keen, he is quick over the ground, and I am not as quick any more to be perfectly honest.”
Scott Brown knows Celtic are in more than capable hands thanks to Callum McGregor and Ismaila Soro
Both men have been strongly endorsed by the captain. When Brown departs at the end of the season, we won’t be found wanting both in terms of finding a leader or a midfield replacement.
The captain has left us in capable hands, and we should expect his two replacements to show it. Of course, with a new manager coming in there is of course uncertainty. There has been no confirmation that either man will actually be brown’s direct replacement for the two responsibilities. But they’re the sure-fire favourites.
There’s nobody outside of McGregor who comes close to deserving his shot at being Celtic captain more than him. The same goes for Soro, who has cemented his place in the Celtic midfield this season.
It’s going to be extremely intriguing to see how both of these players develop next season, Soro in particular. The Ivorian has surely won the race for Brown’s position, and he’ll feel confident he can show the new manager that next season.
So as we look ahead to the future, we’re still in good hands. Brown has left a mark on this club that won’t be replicated again considering how the modern-day footballer has changed.
But at the very least, we’re in a good place to ensure his captaincy and positional roles will be filled appropriately.