Once the season ends, it will mark the end of an era at Celtic, as the Bhoys will be without Neil Lennon, Peter Lawwell and Nick Hammond.
They will also be without club captain Scott Brown. The midfield stalwart is bringing down the curtain on his Hoops career in a few weeks’ time in favour of moving to Aberdeen as a player-coach.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and his performances have been questioned at times this season. The 35-year-old has looked off the pace and has appeared leggy on more than a few occasions.
You can hardly blame him for that given his age, but one area of his game you cannot criticise are his leadership skills.
He is an outstanding captain, a leader of men and an example for the rest of the team. That’s why, when he departs, he’ll leave behind a considerable void in the Celtic dressing room.
Callum McGregor has been tipped to become the next Hoops captain but that honour could be given to a new signing.
The Sun claimed last week that Seamus Coleman is a player who may be brought to Celtic in the summer. The Irishman is out of contract in a year’s time and thus could move on the cheap.
The £68,000-per-week earner is the current skipper at Everton and has led by example for a number of years now. You only need to look at words from Toffees manager Carlo Ancelotti to realise how good a commander he is.
“I’ve had a lot of captains in my career but how Seamus expresses his love for the shirt is really top. He is a great captain” the Italian admitted.
“I don’t want to forget anyone [I have worked with] but he is up there as a captain with [Paolo] Maldini, John Terry and Sergio Ramos,” he said.
Like Brown, Coleman is a player capable of running himself into the ground and dragging others through a game.
When the Hoops icon departs in a matter of months, they would do well to replace him with the 32-year-old Premier League defender.
To be compared to the likes of Maldini and Ramos – by a manager who has worked with both players – doesn’t happen very often, so Celtic should definitely consider a deal.