Some Celtic supporters have been giving their reactions to the Slaven Bilic link on social media.
The former West Ham United and Croatia manager was yesterday linked with the Celtic manager’s job by the BBC. Bilic has been out of work since leaving Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ittihad in February.
The speculation comes just two weeks before the end of Celtic’s current campaign. Neil Lennon’s side round off their Premiership schedule with a trophy day clash against Hearts, and then end the season with the Scottish Cup final against the Jambos on May 25th.
But supporters’ attention yesterday was on the Bilic rumour. And giving their reaction to the news on social media, the opinions were generally positive.
…and I would be very open to talking to Slaven Bilic. https://t.co/oE8zv7wH2P
— Fr. Paul Stone (@FrPaulStone) May 14, 2019
There’s a lot of people saying no to Bilic. Entitled to your opinion but I think we have been spoiled with the appointment of Rodgers and maybe expect a bit too much. Pre BR app I reckon we would have ate our own hand to get him in place.
— Kevin Brown (@KRB_83) May 14, 2019
Slaven Bilic motivated his national squad enough to win a famous "meaningless" game.
Ticks that box
— CraigyWhyteFanClub (@davidkerr1970) May 14, 2019
Bilic is hit and miss for me. Did a great job with Croatia for years and also at Beşiktas but at West Ham he flopped and also in Saudi too
All he's said is that he's interested but I'd stay clear. Not when we're going for the 10
— Greig O'H (@GreigCFC88) May 14, 2019
If Bilic wants Celtic then Celtic hierarchy must get this done. A quality manager.
— Stefan (@MrStefanCarlin) May 14, 2019
Would Bilic be my first choice for the job? No. Should we listen to what he has to say? Definitely
— CelticBhoy1888 (@Bhoy1888Celtic1) May 14, 2019
Slaven Bilic? It's a big yes from me.
— Stand up for Celtic (@StandForCeltic) May 14, 2019
If Bilic is genuinely interested then our board better speak to him
— Rachael (@maradoddsy7) May 14, 2019
Regardless of what the betting says Rafa Benitez will not become our new manager, if Slaven Bilic is wanting to talk to us give him the job! #Celtic
— Scott Williamson (@scottw1985) May 14, 2019
A left-field but ambitious swoop
Yesterday we gave our full verdict on what a swoop for Bilic would mean for Celtic.
Overall, it would be an ambitious appointment from the outside. It wouldn’t be a decision many Celtic fans would’ve expected, but it follows on from the high-profile appointment of Brendan Rodgers nicely. Bilic is of similar stature, and would be equally as intriguing.
What may put some supporters off is his record at Lokomotiv Moscow and Besiktas respectively. He’s yet to win a league title in his managerial career, and that could also be a turnoff for some. But it may also be something that helps intice Bilic to Celtic too.
His track record with Croatia and West Ham is enough for him to be considered as a serious candidate. His work during his first year at the Hammers was particularly notable. He broke several records during that period, including the most points and goals in one season than West Ham had ever previously achieved in the Premier League era.
From the likes of Reece Oxford to Luka Modric, he’s also shown a willingness to throw young players into his teams in the past too. That could suit some of the players in the Celtic academy looking to break through.
This is one of the most impressive names to have been linked with the job. If Celtic were to take the plunge on Bilic, it would hardly be lacking in ambition. What more could we, as supporters, really ask for?