Celtic should still consider Adrien Trebel as Scott Brown's replacement

Scott Brown of Celtic celebrates following the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scott Brown is 33 and reportedly wanted in Australia, but could the Scottish Premiership champions identify the Anderlecht ace as his successor?

Scott Brown of Celtic celebrates following the Scottish Cup Final between Motherwell and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic are in a position now where they must seriously think about the future of Scott Brown.

Just a few weeks ago, the prospect of Brown departing at the end of the season seemed unthinkable, despite the fact that his contract is only due to run until 1 July.

But the 33-year-old’s recent absence due to injury has coincided with Celtic’s best run of form this season. Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops have thrived without their captain, looking quicker, more dynamic and scoring 20 goals in just four league games.

 

Furthermore, reports in the Mail suggest that Brown could be offered a tempting escape route in the autumn of his career, with A-League hopefuls Western Melbourne keen to take the former Scotland skipper Down Under.

But have Celtic already discovered the man who could be Brown’s long-term successor?

Adrien Trebel celebrates after scoring a goal during the Jupiler Pro League match between Waasland-Beveren and RSC Anderlecht at Freethiel Stadion on November 4, 2018 in Beveren, Belgium.

Speaking to HLN, Anderlecht enforcer Adrien Trebel admitted that he was in advanced talks with Celtic over the summer, although the Hoops failed to meet his £9 million price-tag.

But, with £20 million in the bank following the deadline-day sale of Moussa Dembele to Lyon, Cetic have plenty of money to play with in January, and suddenly £9 million for former France U20 ace Trebel does not seem quite so daunting.

The deep-lying midfielder is renowned for his intelligent distribution and his ability to win back possession and start attacks from deep. 

Six years younger than Brown, Trebel could show there is life at Celtic without the veteran Hoops hero.

Adrien Trebel midfielder of Anderlecht pictured during the Jupiler Pro League match between Waasland-Beveren and RSC Anderelcht. At Freethiel Stadium. On November 04, 2018 in Beveren,...

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