Celtic

Callum McGregor is not the right man to succeed Scott Brown as Celtic captain, according to Frank McAvennie.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 27-year-old doesn’t have what is “needed in his locker” to assume the duties on a permanent basis.

Celtic will be in need of new club captain this summer after Brown revealed that he will join Aberdeen at the end of the season.

McGregor is currently the Bhoys’ vice-captain and has worn the armband 14 times this season.

The decision will ultimately be made by Celtic’s next manager with the club hoping to appoint Eddie Howe into the role next week after a verbal agreement was reached.

McAvennie has tipped the incoming manager to sign an experienced centre-half or centre-midfielder to succeed Brown as club captain.

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“I think the next manager will sign a new captain,” he told Football Insider.

“We need somebody like Scott Brown. There was talk about Roy Keane coming in as manager, we need to sign a player like him in midfield.

“I do not think Callum McGregor is the future captain. There is nothing wrong with Callum but he seems like quiet boy.

“I would take the pressure and responsibility off him and let him go and play the game. Take if off him and bring somebody in to become the next captain.

“Callum is a tippy-tappy player. I don’t think Callum has what is needed in his locker. I don’t think it would help anyone if he was given it.

“We need an incoming centre-half or centre-midfielder to do it. Somebody who is going to stamp his authority on the dressing room. We need somebody with experience because there is the nucleus of a good team there but they are young. 

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