At many clubs there’s a particular shirt number that’s iconic. At Celtic, it is of course the number seven.
Our greatest player Jimmy Johnstone, more often than not wore the famous number seven, and the King of Kings, Henrik Larsson, the super Swede became the magnificent seven, in ironically, his seven years at the club.
Others have followed in their footsteps but none of the successors, Juninho, Zurawski, McDonald, Keane, Ljundberg, Miku or Ciftci have reached anywhere near the heights of Jinky or Henke.
is it the case of trying to be someone else rather than themselves that hinders their progress, or is it the fact there are no players who can come close to those two footballing giants of Celtic?
Maybe a bit of both.
So what about other numbers? Yesterday, new signing Jonny Hayes was given the number 15 shirt for the new season, the same shirt worn by Kris Commons these last six years.
Kris won many trophies in the Hoops, including five league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup. He also won the both Player of the Year awards in 2013/14.
His shirt will take some filling, but is it really his shirt? Will Jonny Hayes want to be the ‘new Kris Commons’? Or the ‘replacement’ for Paddy Roberts? In fact, will Jonny want to be the new anyone?
I doubt it very much.
Brendan Rodgers signed Jonny from Aberdeen because of who, and what he is. A versatile, left footed midfielder with a good engine on him, and an eye for goal.
And that’s ALL that counts…