Neil Lennon made an intriguing comment recently when asked about who will replace Scott Brown as Celtic’s captain when the current skipper eventually retires.
“There’s no question that there’s two or three” he said, as featured on Celtic’s YouTube channel.
Celtic have not had to look for a new captain for a long time. However, Brown’s time at the club is slowly coming to and end. Sooner rather than later, a new captain will need to be appointed.
Here, we look at the three players that Lennon could possibly have been talking about:
Perhaps the logical chose to be Celtic’s next on-field leader. He has been at the club for years, and has won every honour that there is to win in Scotland. He is very familiar with Brown as a captain, as they have played together in the heart of the Hoops midfield for years. It would not be a surprise to see McGregor named as the next captain, as long as he is still at the club.
This may be a bit of a left-field suggestion, as Jullien as not been at Celtic Park for long. However, in his short time at the club he has shown plenty of leadership skills. He stood up to be counted during the Hoops’ memorable victory at Ibrox in September. He has also recovered well from a poor performance against Livingston. It would show how important he is to the team if Neil Lennon made the player the new captain.
Attacking players are not often captains. However, an exception could be made for James Forrest. By the time Brown’s contract end, he will be the longest-serving player at the club. That could be rewarded by Neil Lennon making Forrest the club captain. Perhaps what goes against Forrest is that he isn’t the most demonstrative of players. However, there is no doubt he will have the respect of his team-mates. This would certainly be an intriguing choice.