Could Edson Alvarez be Celtic's next Scott Brown?

Celtic captain Scott Brown reacts during The Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Scottish Premiership champions Celtic are reportedly interested in signing Club America's Mexico international Edson Alvarez.

Edson Alvarez of Mexico during an international friendly match between Chile and Mexico at Qualcomm Stadium on March 22, 2019 in San Diego, California.

Celtic fans might have thought that they had found Dedryck Boyata’s replacement when Nacion Deportes claimed last week that the Hoops were planning to sign Mexican international Edson Alvarez.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the most promising young centre-backs around while playing in his homeland for Club America.

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Blessed with composure, intelligent positioning and aerial ability, Alvarez appeared to have the potential and skill-set to fill the void left by Boyata when the Belgian’s contract expires in the summer.

 

But, after an unexpected and rather successful positional switch, could Alvarez be the new Scott Brown instead?

The 2018 World Cup star has flourished since being moved into the centre of the park in recent weeks for both club and country, with Alvarez’s excellent passing range, ability to win back possession and impressive stamina appearing to make him an effective all-round midfielder.

Edson Alvarez (L) of America vies for the ball with Eduardo Vargas of Tigres, during the Mexican Clausura 2019 tournament football match at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, on March 30,...

In fact, he was the only player to start both Mexico’s friendly clashes during the March international break, standing out again in his new role.

With 33-year-old Brown entering the autumn of his trophy-laden career, a young, energetic and versatile option like Alvarez could be very useful for a Celtic side needing to transition from the old to the new.

Oribe Peralta #24 and Edson Alvarez #4 of America celebrate with the championship trophy after the final second leg match between Cruz Azul and America as part of the Torneo Apertura 2018...

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