Michael Stewart has urged Celtic to make a bold move to try and appoint Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch as the club’s new permanent manager.
Marsch admitted interest in the Celtic job last week.
A report from a German journalist then cooled the speculation, suggesting Marsch had told the Bhoys he was unavailable this summer.
The consensus is he is looking for a move from Austria to Germany.
However, Stewart doesn’t think that should put Celtic off.
Writing in his Scottish Sun column over the weekend, the outspoken pundit said: “Marsch, in particular, intrigues me. Someone mentioned his name to me when Neil Lennon left. It might seem a bit left-field at first, but the closer you look at it the more it begins to make sense.
“He’s someone who has worked his way up and is doing a very good job at Red Bull Salzburg. He has good contacts throughout Europe, he speaks a number of languages and there’s clearly a buzz about him right now.
“People are sitting up and taking notice. Borussia Monchengladbach have already been linked and there’s a suggestion he could go back to Leipzig, where he was once No 2.
“He’s just like Jurgen Klopp or Thomas Tuchel before they landed at Dortmund and went on from there. Marsch has told people over there he wants to boss in the Bundesliga rather than Parkhead — but who knows what the future will hold? For me, it makes perfect sense for Celtic to try and get in now and get him while they still can.”
Jesse Marsch to Celtic feels unlikely but that’s the level the Bhoys need to pitch at
Marsch is something of a dream candidate in my eyes. The downside to that of course is that he is probably just beyond reach for Celtic in the current climate.
We are an attractive, massive club, but Marsch will have his eyes on managing at the elite level and a move from Salzburg would be perceived as a sideways step than a progressive one, potentially.
That doesn’t mean Celtic shouldn’t be looking for this calibre of a candidate though. Marsch is exactly the kind of level we should be going for. We have to put ourselves out there and sell this project in the correct manner.
We need someone who can really raise standards at Celtic.