Not for one moment, not since he was appointed, have I believed that Callum McGregor was anything other than the best possible choice as Celtic captain.
But he knows what we all know; that to become a great Celtic captain he needs to win things.
Fortunately, Callum is going to have plenty of opportunities to do just that and it will start with the first domestic trophy being contested next month. If he succeeds there and we go on to win the league title, he’s a Scottish Cup away from a rare honour and if he does that in his first season in the job then he’s well on the way to being a legend.
Callum deserves it. Like Forrest, he looks as if he could finish his career at our club and has never shown the least inclination to do otherwise.
I am sad for him in some ways that the loan move which was the most important thing he did in his career may have deprived him of a place in history as a one-club player; I don’t know if it counts or not but he deserves that status.
Callum knows that he has doubters and critics. He knows that some people don’t think he was the best choice, but who else was there? Realistically, who could have stepped into the role and done it better?
We needed a presence who knew the club inside out, someone who had the respect of the other players because of where he’s been and what he’s done.
The last step he has to take is to prove himself a winner in this new role, and he won’t have long to wait until he does. A stalwart of some seriously good Celtic sides, a certain starter for his national team and a first pick at Parkhead for as long as I can remember, he has done it all in our colours except for that one thing.
By the time this season ends, he’ll have made it.
And then Callum McGregor’s name will have entered that hallowed place; the pantheon of great Celtic captains. It has been waiting for him for years now.