It was an emotional afternoon for multiple reasons as fans celebrated the title success as well as saying goodbye to two long-serving midfielders – Nir Bitton and Tom Rogic.
Both players will leave the club upon the expiry of their contracts at the end of next month and Ange Postecoglou will need to source replacements for them heading into the 2022/23 campaign.
One player the Hoops have been linked with a swoop for is Coventry gem Gustavo Hamer and he can be Ange’s dream heir to Rogic’s midfield throne.
In the Premiership this season, the Australian produced six goals and six assists – creating 1.5 chances per match – in 32 appearances, whilst also completing 1.6 dribbles and 3.4 duels per game for the Scottish giants.
He is a cultured midfield presence with the ability to make key contributions in the final third and his exit will leave a big hole in the squad heading into next season.
In Hamer, they can find a player who can have a similar impact on the team. He has showcased his quality in the second tier in England as he has enjoyed a fine season south of the border.
The Dutchman, who joined Coventry for £1.5m, chipped in with three goals and nine assists in 37 Championship starts, which means that both he and Rogic directly contributed to 12 goals in their respective leagues.
He created 1.6 chances per game for the Sky Blues as he proved that he can be a consistent creator for his side from a central midfield position, along with winning 3.3 duels per game as he battled hard in midfield.
His teammate Marko Marosi called him “unbelievable” and EFL pundit Ali Maxwell previously dubbed the gem a “class act”. This shows how he has impressed his peers and those in the media with his performances for the English club.
At the age of 24, he also has plenty of time left to develop and improve as a player. This means that he can be the short and long-term replacement for Rogic at Parkhead as he is a player Postecoglou can work with over the course of a number of seasons.
Therefore, he can be the heir to the Australian gem and Celtic must ensure that they can get a deal over the line for the Dutchman this summer.