Celtic fans "expect" a big-name manager, according to Paul Hartley

By Euan Davidson

March 2, 2021

Former Celtic midfielder Paul Hartley believes the club need to hire a big-name manager.

Hartley also had plenty to say about club restructuring, as well as the future of John Kennedy. In a wide ranging interview with the Celtic Huddle Podcast, the former Hearts and Scotland man played all the right notes for many supporters’ ears.

Hartley, who made 71 appearances for the Bhoys [Transfermarkt], is perhaps one of the only ex-Celts not to be touted for Neil Lennon’s old job. The Cove Rangers manager won two titles at Celtic under Gordon Strachan.

Hartley told Mark Wilson and Simon Donnelly:

“To go and say to the Celtic fans ‘Give us your season ticket money’ without them knowing who the manager’s going to be, it’s going to be very difficult.

“I think they’ve maybe lost the trust in the board. I think Dermot Desmond will have to go and get a marquee manager in.

“Now, that’s not easy. For me, if Celtic are going to go and get a marquee manager, it will probably be someone out of a job.

“I think the fans have been fed up this season, the criticism the squad’s had, I think they expect a big marquee name in the summer.”

A technical wizard and worldwide icon takes on Kaka / (Photo by CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

Hartley on Celtic restructuring

Former Celtic man Paul Hartley, who has previously managed Falkirk, Dundee and Alloa, also spoke about the Bhoys’ restructuring ahead of a busy summer.

CEO Dominic McKay is set to replace Peter Lawwell, and the search for a Director of Football is well underway. For many supporters, who have accused the directors of sleeping at the wheel during 9IAR, it’s very welcome news indeed. Celtic have not modernised, and the effects are being seen with our European performances.

Hartley continued:

“I think the director of football or sporting director might come in first. And then, he’ll have that opportunity to bring his own man in.

“It’s an important two or three months for Celtic. I think they’ve got to bring in the director of football first.

“He then picks the manager and they both work closely. They have to have a close bond, especially with players coming in.”

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