Celtic and Steve Clarke might be the board’s vision to regain the Scottish Premiership.
The Scotland manager is apparently a new “favourite” for the Celtic job. That’s if Neil Lennon gets his P45 in the summer. Having led the Men’s National Team to a major tournament for the first time since 1998, Clarke’s stock is high.
He’s also learned from José Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Rafa Benitez as an assistant. In his own managerial career, he’s impressed at West Brom and Kilmarnock, who became a force in the Scottish Premiership under his auspices.
As Celtic manager though? As we discussed, it’s a bit of an awkward fit. While Clarke might be able to use considerable resources to create more exciting teams, his CV isn’t one of an “exciting” manager. Generally, his sides are built on solid defences, which is something Celtic could use. However, the boyhood Celtic supporter might not be a name that gets pulses racing around Kerrydale Street.
Celtic supporters react to Clarke talk
Still, there are some who consider him to be a sensible appointment for the Bhoys. Given our defensive struggles, a Mourinho acolyte may be just what Celtic need.
Here are some reactions to yesterday’s rumours.
— Colin Kerr (@coshkerr) February 12, 2021
Always been my first choice 🍀
— Gary O🍀fC (@Gary53320472) February 12, 2021
If Steve Clarke gets eh Celtic job ave got a season ticket here up for grabs
— Jordan Watson (@JordanWatson91) February 12, 2021
Steve Clarke next celtic manager you heard it here first .Your welcome
— Stevie McTighe (@smctighe1888) February 12, 2021
Steve Clarke next Celtic manager with Scott Brown as assistant
— spike the wee celtic dug (@Spiketheweedug) February 11, 2021
Neither O’Neill nor Rodgers had won much before they joined. Would Clarke win a lot with Celtic, as the others did? Probably, yes.
— Gerry Braiden (@BraidenGB) February 12, 2021
Roy Keane would make Neil Lennon look like Guardiola in comparison. There is absolutely no valid argument for giving Keane the Celtic job. As for Clarke, he wouldn’t be the most glamourous appointment but I guarantee you he’d be a better option than Keane.
— Marc McArdle (@marcmcardle1) February 12, 2021
Suffice it to say, Celtic and Clarke may not be the perfect marriage from the supporter’s perspective. As far as we’re concerned, it’s not the worst idea in the world. However, if the board want to assure season ticket sales stay at record levels, it’ll need to be a more exotic name through the door in the summer.