When it comes to the appointment of next Celtic captain after Scott Brown retires, there has been a school of thought that fellow Hoops midfielder Callum McGregor could be given the accolade.
Indeed, even Neil Lennon has stated that he could be the next captain.
“You don’t expect anything in football, but I’d say he’d be a leading contender” Lennon said, talking about the next captain, as quoted by the Herald a few weeks ago.
However, some recent comments from the Hoops boss may indicate that there is another candidate for captaincy – Christopher Jullien.
Lennon was full of praise for the leadership skills the centre-back showed in the recent 1-1 draw with Copenhagen.
“I thought he was immense in Copenhagen, I think he’s been superb. He’s got leadership qualities and has that presence as well.” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
You don’t usually mention a player’s leadership skills for no reason. Perhaps Lennon sees Jullien as a Hoops captain of the future. He has certainly impressed for the Hoops in his first-season with the club.
It is a good problem for the club to have. There seems to be two natural candidates to take over from Brown, and most clubs would love to have that situation.
Perhaps the situation will be made clearer as soon as Sunday. The Hoops take on Kilmarnock in the league, and Brown is a doubt to feature in the game after suffering a calf injury versus Copenhagen.
Could be a serious candidate
If Jullien is made skipper for the game, it would point towards the Frenchman being a serious candidate for the captaincy role once Brown retires.
Of course, this is all just speculation at the moment. There is no guarantee Jullien will still be at Celtic when a new captain is selected, probably at the start of the 2021-22 season.
However, judging by Lennon’s comments he does see the player as one of the team’s leaders, and that could mean a captaincy role in the future.