The Celtic supporters aren’t having the prospect of Gordon Strachan returning to take over as manager anytime soon.

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, journalist Ian McGarry said that he’s been told Celtic would likely go for a former manager should they sack Neil Lennon:

“We have been told that if Celtic were to make a change, it would most likely be a former manager or even player who manages to come in as they would understand immediately what is at stake

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“Gordon Strachan is one name that has been mentioned. Obviously he had a successful spell managing Celtic already, he certainly knows the culture and the club inside out.”

Strachan was brought to the club after Martin O’Neill’s departure in 2005. Strach managed to secure a terrific three-in-a-row success during his spell in Scotland, and also managed to qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League on two occasions.

The former Scotland boss also managed a host of historic European nights in Glasgow too. Wins over the likes of Manchester United, AC Milan, and Benfica particularly stand out, whilst he also managed to hold the former two to a stalemate in alternative meetings.

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However, despite Strachan’s success, much of the criticism aimed towards him during his stint here was down to the style of football played. Typically going with a two-striker system, the then Celtic boss was a massive fan of the long-ball game.

How often can you remember Stephen McManus passing to Gary Caldwell only for him to aim long for Jan Venegoor of Hesselink? Strachan made his Celtic team generally difficult to beat in Europe, but domestic performances were always a concern with his teams so one-dimensional. There was a particular regression in the final 18 months too, resulting in Celtic losing the league in 2008/09 despite being seven points clear at one stage.

What the Celtic fans are really craving is a return to Premier League standards. Perhaps we won’t find a manager as progressive as Brendan Rodgers was when he arrived, but there are so many more alternatives to Strachan that instantly look like a better fit.

Eddie Howe, Dan Petrescu, Marco Silva, Ralf Rangnick – these are four potential options that are surely more suited to what we want for the long-term than what Strachan would provide.

This idea that we need a safe pair of hands has to be dismissed. They just don’t exist and it’s cliche nonsense at its best. Lennon’s players are Lennon’s players, there’s not much Strachan can put in place that would majorly turn things around so instantly.

Celtic have to be looking at a long-term approach to things when Lennon departs – regardless of when that may be. And it’s clear the fans aren’t quite having the prospect of Strachan returning to Parkhead either:


In other news, we discuss why Neil Lennon needs to replicate the exit of a former Celtic manager.

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