Celtic are going through change as we speak, both on the pitch and in the dugout – potentially.
Timothy Weah has gone already, Jeremy Toljan will not be coming back, Oliver Burke also. Add to that the departures of Cristian Gamboa, Emilio Izaguirre (not confirmed but almost certain) and a handful of other squad names.
It is clear a rebuilding or restructuring job is essential if Celtic are to continue their dominance domestically. One man who was very close to leaving in January but stayed is Scott Brown. The club captain has been integral to everything achieved by this club for many years now, and the fans absolutely worship him.
Back in April, Neil Lennon said he would build his team around Brown if he got the job permanently next season. A few years ago this would have been the right attitude as he was at the peak of his powers on the pitch.
Now though, the idea of having Brown as the main man in the team is perhaps a tad behind the times. He has been a colossus for the club, but every dog has its day and it would be a shame to see him overtaken and overrun by younger, hungrier, fitter specimens at rival clubs in the coming 12-18 months.
We saw a glimpse of this at the weekend at Ibrox where he battled manfully but was ultimately left behind as Rangers swarmed all over Celtic – the manager does need to accept he had a lot to do with this however with a lineup which was strange, to say the least.
Brown would be up for the fight, we know he would, but with such a huge couple of seasons coming up for the club in terms of winning nine and 10 titles in a row, a younger and sharper model is required to run the show.
Calum McGregor is 25, will be 26 at the start of next season and right at the peak of his powers. If Lennon gets the job, this should be his ‘go-to man’ in the midfield. A great passer and full of running, he would be the engine room for the team alongside possibly Olivier Ntcham or a new signing potentially.
Brown won’t be led out to stud, he will play his part, but he should not be the main man for the team going forward if success is to be achieved.