Celtic captain Scott Brown is an injury doubt for the upcoming Scottish Cup Final against Hearts, as reported by The Daily Record.
The paper reckon that the 33-year-old has been playing through ‘serious discomfort’ over the last couple of weeks, recently requiring a scan for a suspected broken toe.
Celtic’s medical team are now waiting on results ahead of a massive week for the club, according to the report, with Neil Lennon’s side aiming to complete an unprecedented treble of domestic trophies for the third year in a row.
The team missing their captain in the Hampden showpiece final would be a serious blow, with both his playing ability and leadership skills being major assets.
If the news is not good on his fitness in the build-up, it will put pressure on players such as Callum McGregor to step up and show the capability of leading Celtic to major success.
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McGregor of course has already been a stand-out in the Celtic midfield for a while now. Voted as the club’s Player of the Year, he has shown some exceptional form across multiple competitions in 2018/19.
There have been lapses though, most notably just last week away to Rangers when he was completely anonymous throughout. Brown didn’t have the best of games either but at least got involved enough in the game to be noticed.
If his captain is absent then everyone – fans, teammates and coaches – will be looking at him to provide that leadership spark in the middle of the park that drives the Hoops to victory.
The 25-year-old has been tipped to be Brown’s long-term successor at Celtic Park and occasions like this upcoming match are where he can prove that to be true.
With pressure comes opportunity and it could be McGregor’s time to shine.