Captains of the early victors

Scottish PL champions Celtic really are taking the proverbial now.

The mere fact that Brendan Rodgers, of all managers, has led the Bhoys to an SPL title with eight games to spare, illustrates all that is broken in Scottish football.

For his part, club captain Scott Brown will never again enjoy such a straightforward title win in his career – until next season, perhaps. Below you will find a gallery of captains that endured a real challenge en route to an exceptionally early title win.

But what exactly happened to them after leading their respective sides to glory?

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The first captain, Besiktas legend Necmi Mutlu would play for just four more seasons after a vintage performance in 1965/66. As a result of his heroics, Besiktas qualified for the European Cup in 1966, but it was a short-lived journey. Besiktas crashed out at the first hurdle, going down 4-1 on aggregate to Ajax.

He did, however, have the privilege of sharing a pitch with the great Johan Cruyff for three hours.

So these captains had real opposition to face and deserve recognition. Which of these stands out as most impressive?

Perhaps we don’t have a clue, and you have one to add?

If so, leave a comment, or take a look at some youth captains that never made it to the big time with England – talk about wasted opportunity!

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