Scotland look likely to appoint a new manager in the next 48 hours or so. The Guardian are reporting that the SFA hope to name their new man by Monday at the latest, but indications could be made before then.
Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke is said to be the leading candidate for the role and could depart following his side’s final game of the season on Sunday.
Of course, this would rule Clarke out of any potential move to Celtic. He had been mentioned as a candidate to replace Brendan Rodgers but distanced himself from the role in February, insisting that he’d prefer to move back down to England.
Will Scotland’s appointment have any effect on Celtic?
In theory, no. As detailed above, Clarke was never really thought to be a genuine contender for the role. The other two men reported to be in the shortlist – Derek McInnes and Scot Gemmill – certainly wouldn’t interest Celtic.
The greater effect may be felt by the men who will still be available for Celtic. The likes of David Moyes and Slaven Bilic have been rumoured for both roles. Their Scotland rejection would mean they were still around to be considered by the Celtic board.
On the pitch
Clarke’s appointment as Scotland manager would help Celtic on the pitch. Kilmarnock would be significantly weakened without Clarke and probably unlikely to repeat their superb achievements over the past two years.
We may have won three of our four matches against the Rugby Park side this season but it’s been far from an easy ride. Two of the victories were by a single goal – February’s win in Ayrshire came courtesy of a stoppage time Scott Brown winner.
Kilmarnock being significantly weaker would give the new Celtic boss one less good team to worry about.