Under Brendan Rodgers, Celtic have looked to dominate the midfield, to establish their superiority in matches.
This has worked to a massive extent, as the Bhoys have won back to back domestic trebles, and the likes of Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Callum McGegor and Stuart Amstrong have played the best football of their careers.
The news that the Hoops have Hibernian’s John McGinn on a shortlist of players they want to sign, as reported by the Scottish Sun, shows that Rodgers wants the midfield domination to continue.
McGinn is a battling midfielder with a good passing range and the ability to do a hard challenge well. All of which are attributes the Hoops’ current midfielders have in abundance.
Being able to control the midfield has been key to the Hoops winning it all in Scotland – see the 3-2 win over Rangers with 10 men – and it looks to be increasingly the key to doing well in Europe.
Perhaps Rodgers sees McGinn as a player who can influence how the Bhoys perform in Europe next season should he sign.
Being realistic, if McGinn does join the Hoops it does seem likely that he will be the natural successor to Brown in the long-term.
Brown will still have a few more seasons left in him, but perhaps Rodgers is looking at the long game, even when he is no longer Hoops boss.
If McGinn is driving the midfield forward and the Hoops are on their way to a 10th title in a row then Rodgers will have succeed in building a legacy of Hoops central-midfielders, which could last a generation.
In other Celtic news, Scott Brown will take no notice of Graeme Shinnie’s comments about him