Mallan should be on Celtic's radar as Brown's successor after midfield masterclass
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Mallan should be on Celtic's radar as Brown's successor after midfield masterclass

Celtic suffered a disappointing defeat against Hibernian yesterday to miss the chance to sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Hibernian are proving to be Celtic’s bogey team but Brendan Rodgers would have been pleased to see the back of last season’s tormentors Dylan McGeouch and John McGinn, who have joined Sunderland and Aston Villa respectively.

But Hibs moved to sign midfield man Stevie Mallan from Barnsley and he produced a midfield masterclass yesterday.

Sitting as a deep-lying midfielder for Hibernian, Mallan’s role was instrumental in Hibernian picking up a 2-0 victory over Celtic.

And his performance should have caught Rodgers’ eye, especially with the Bhoys needing a new central midfielder to replace Scott Brown.

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Celtic skipper Brown is out of contract at the end of the season and even if he pens an extension, the club have to look to the long-term future.

Brown needs a successor to take over from him and lead Celtic’s midfield for seasons to come.

Mallan could be the perfect man for the job. And his performance yesterday afternoon showed he can compete and thrive with Scotland’s finest.

The 22-year-old has recovered from an unproductive season in the Championship with Barnsley to establish himself as a Hibs regular.

And with nine goals in 25 games, the Scotland under-21 international  – who started his career with St Mirren – can produce attacking threat as well as the tough-tackling role in central midfield.

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