Bundesliga expert's alternative theory on Jesse Marsch's Celtic comments

By David Walton

March 17, 2021

Bundesliga commentator Derek Rae has pushed an alternative theory on why Jesse Marsch has pushed himself for the Celtic role.

Marsch has captured the imagination of Celtic supporters today after speaking to the BBC. He stated that he was both “interested” and “honoured” by the link to Parkhead.

It’s been a game-changing moment in the Celtic managerial discussion. The supporters reacted to the news with extreme positivity, urging the club to get in contact with Salzburg and Marsch.

However, Rae has provided a kill-joy moment as he looked to try and bring Celtic fans back down to earth. Providing his alternative view on Twitter, he believes being linked with the Hoops will help boost his chances of a club in Germany:

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It comes across to me as if Derek is just a touch cynical regarding how he’s looking at things here.

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Marsch doesn’t need to be linked with Celtic to increase interest in him from Germany. If he’s as good as we all believe him to be, he’ll have these offers regardless. He’s impressed in back-to-back Champions League group stages and is thriving with RB Salzburg domestically.

His stock is already high. Pushing yourself for the Celtic job isn’t going to increase that level of interest. It’s an overly-cynical verdict that would only come from people who simply don’t want it to happen.

Yes, Marsch will want a certain structure in place. At Salzburg he’s been working with a sporting director in the highly-successful Christoph Freund. With the sporting director tasked with club culture and signing policies, it’s often left in the coach’s hands to develop the talent. That’s something Marsch has worked strongly in.

Erling Haaland and Jesse Marsch / (Photo by Markus Tobisch/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

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But this is the route Celtic are looking to go down regardless. The Hoops are on the hunt for a new sporting director/director of football to kickstart their own revolution [Daily Mail]. Marsch has the opportunity to be a part of that if the pair were to click during talks.

So it’s not as if Marsch would be coming into an environment that’s alien to him. If Celtic wanted to bring him on board, he would be given the opportunity to come into the start of a fresh project with a clean slate.

The remit first and foremost will be to win back the Premiership title. You can talk about structures and sporting divisions all day long, but Celtic should always have the personnel to achieve that. Marsch would be backed with investment and would be working in a structure he would almost certainly be used to.

In other news, Celtic supporters have been given a big Wednesday evening boost.