This summer is set to witness an almighty changing of the guard at Celtic.
No longer will Peter Lawwell be at Parkhead after his retirement, while a new manager will grace the Hoops dugout too.
They will also need a new captain with Scott Brown heading for Aberdeen in a player-coach capacity.
Callum McGregor has been widely tipped to become the new Celtic skipper but if the Bhoys are looking for someone to replace Brown in a positional sense, Ismaila Soro would be the first pick.
The Ivorian signed in January 2020 but hasn’t actually enjoyed much football since penning terms.
He’s started just 11 times in the Premiership this term but has had a very productive campaign in the middle of the park.
Soro has won an eye-catching 1.9 tackles per game which proves he could fill the hole that’s set to be left behind by Brown.
The Scot has always been a tough-tackling anchor in front of the defence but Soro has similar qualities.
His performances in the Europa League were particularly strong. As Celtic surprisingly beat Lille, the midfielder won ten tackles and two interceptions. On that evidence, it’s no surprise to see him linked with England and Tottenham Hotspur.
If Soro does stay at Parkhead, discovering who his partner in midfield will be is something the manager will have to think long and hard about.
Celtic will welcome Liam Shaw to the club in a few month’s time while Luca Connell has enjoyed a productive spell on loan at Queen’s Park.
That said, an external option could well be on the cards.
When Celtic’s talent spotters have been to watch him, it’s likely they will have come back impressed.
He has contributed to four goals in all competitions, while he is dynamic and full of energy.
McCann knows his way to goal but he’s extremely strong in the tackle. With that in mind, he and Soro could form a devastating partnership in the middle of the park.
Described as “undroppable” by former teammate Jason Holt, McCann has clearly made a big splash and it feels like it’s only a matter of time before one of the bigger clubs come calling.
Celtic need to make sure they’re at the front of the queue.