Ultimate XI: Vote for Celtic’s best sweeper since Lisbon

When it comes to sweepers, like Billy McNeill at centre half, a very high standard was set by John Clark who virtually created the position in Celtic terms.

The sweeper has always been seen a complimenting the centre half with partnerships the order of the day.

As recently as two seasons ago there was virtually the perfect combination in Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer but that was always going to be a short term solution.

The dominating figure throughout the post Lisbon times was Roy Aitken, with a first team career stretching over 16 years, man and Bhoy.

Aitken seemed a certain future Celtic manager but that career took off in other directions, with a stint at Aberdeen followed by being assistant to names such as David O’Leary and Alex McLeish.

While the centre-half has tended to take the headlines and limelight without a steady sweeper they’s be left exposed with the unheralded duo of Gary Caldwell and Stephen McManus twice taking Celtic through the group phase of the Champions League.

So who has been Celtic’s greatest sweeper since Lisbon? We’ve picked out five worthy candidates, and you can vote on your favourite on the final page…

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