Scotland legend Craig Brown has encouraged Celtic to make a move for “tailor-made” Steve Clarke as they look to fill the Parkhead hot-seat.
The Hoops are in the market for a new boss after Neil Lennon’s resignation last week. John Kennedy has been placed in temporary charge until the end of the season. Fans, however, wouldn’t accept John being given the role permanently.
The discussion on who the next manager will be has reaped plenty of ideas. Everyone from Dan Petrescu to Domenec Torrent have been mentioned. But one of the more realistic options appears to be Scotland boss Clarke, who led the nation to its first major competition in 22 years back in November.
Another ex Scotland boss, Brown, believes Celtic couldn’t go wrong in employing the former West Brom and Kilmarnock manager either.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Brown said: “If I was Dermot Desmond I’d say Steve Clarke was tailor-made for the job at Parkhead. You come back to whether there would be a negative response to Celtic appointing Clarke. But looking at his CV, why wouldn’t you?
“You look at the job he did with Kilmarnock then with Scotland and it’s been great. But before that he finished eighth in the Premier League when he bossed West Brom. That was an amazing achievement.
“The issue for Clarke, assuming he was interested in the Celtic job, is he will want to lead Scotland at the Euros this summer. But these are things that can always be handled with a bit of clever negotiation. In this case by Celtic saying, ‘Take Scotland at the Euros then take charge of us after that’”.
Celtic will have immense respect for Clarke success, but brand of football not synonymous with Parkhead
Clarke will never be disrespected by either the Celtic supporters or the club itself. His achievements in football management are extremely impressive, and his stock is clearly on the rise.
But the overriding issue with that appointment is the style of football it brings. After all, appointing Clarke would hardly be a return to the halcyon days of aggressive, attacking football as we saw under Brendan Rodgers. Quite the opposite in fact.
Celtic fans would perhaps get more of a throwback to Gordon Strachan with Stevie in charge. This due to the counter-attacking, defensive style he’s known for. It’s a style of football that you can’t really relate Celtic Park with.
Of course, the higher a level Clarke has operated at, the more adventurous his teams have been. He isn’t so much of a long-ball merchant with Scotland – instead using an aggressive, tough-tackling midfield to try and ensure ball dominance in matches.
However, there’s no denying, despite their success, this Scotland team is a poor watch. It doesn’t bring with it a brand of entertaining football that has you yearning for the next international break. Unfortunately, it’s quite the opposite.
That is the main reason Clarke seems extremely doubtful for the Parkhead top job. Then again, stranger things have happened.