Hugh Keevins has lavished huge praise on Scott Brown by suggesting Celtic’s task when it comes to replacing him is as difficult as it was when the Hoops had to replace Henrik Larsson, and we think he makes an excellent point.
The Swede left Parkhead to join Barcelona in 2004 (BBC Sport), leaving Martin O’Neill with the incredibly difficult task of replacing him.
And Keevins believes a similar situation will arise when Broony eventually leaves Celtic, with the Superscoreboard pundit also suggesting he is the Hoops’ best captain since the great Billy McNeil.
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If you look at Larsson’s departure and compare it with the thought of Broony leaving, the two scenario’s appear incredibly similar.
As Keevins suggests, replacing a man who has won 19 trophies with Celtic, (Transfermarkt), is going to be an incredibly difficult task, just as it was for O’Neill who had to replace somebody who had scored 242 goals for the club (Celtic Wiki).
But when Larsson left, Celtic still had two icons at the club in the shape of John Hartson and Chris Sutton.
When Broony does finally hang up his boots, the Hoops will hopefully still have Callum McGregor at the club.
Neil Lennon has previously revealed he sees CalMac as a “natural successor” for the captaincy when Brown leaves (Daily Record), so there will still be somebody who the club can rely on, as there was when Larsson departed.
But just as O’Neill had to do, Lennon, if he is still in charge when the day comes, will still have that “replacement headache” of who Broony’s successor will be as Keevins points out.