Over the next few weeks, we could see a number of announcements made at Celtic. The Hoops are on the verge of announcing a new Director of Football while they’re also in the hunt for a new manager.
However, the biggest announcement of the last week was that Scott Brown would be leaving Celtic.
The Bhoys skipper is out of contract at the end of the season and won’t renew his contract at Paradise. Instead, the 35-year-old is off to Aberdeen to become a player-coach.
Brown will be a huge miss in the dressing room. After all, he has led the Hoops to unparalleled domestic success, winning ten league titles and 12 cups.
With his departure, Celtic will need to find a replacement, someone capable of living up to Brown’s legacy in Glasgow.
They’ve already agreed a pre-contract with Sheffield Wednesday’s Liam Shaw but they could look elsewhere in the transfer market.
One such player is Motherwell’s Allan Campbell. Speaking recently, Celtic pundit Colin Watt said: “Someone I’d love to see us pick up – and I believe he’s actually available right now to sign a pre-contract – is Allan Campbell at Motherwell. I think the guy’s got a really big future ahead of him,” he began.
Watt then admitted that he plays in a similar way to Brown, suggesting he could be the Celtic icon’s successor.
“He’s obviously played alongside [David] Turnbull before. And I think he could be the next Scott Brown in that position. He plays a sort of box-to-box the way that Brown did in his younger years,” he commented.
Campbell is a player who plays with his heart on his sleeve and the statistics tell you that he could bring a great deal to the Hoops midfield.
A brute in the tackle, he also has plenty of leadership qualities, something that stands out when looking for Brown’s heir.
Speaking about the 23-year-old last month, Motherwell boss Graham Alexander waxed lyrical.
“He’s everything that a professional footballer should be,” he started. “His dedication to the game, to his team, what he puts in, he gets out, and he should be a shining example for every pro that sees him work, really,” Alexander added.
A player with plenty of hustle and bustle, it’s clear to see why he’d be the perfect Brown replacement.
He already has a history of upsetting Celtic players too. During the 2018 Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park, Campbell and Callum McGregor clashed, shoving each other as a little tiff emerged.
Evidently, the midfielder isn’t afraid to get stuck in. Campbell is like Brown in more ways than one.