John Hartson names his number one choice to be Celtic manager

By John McGinley

March 13, 2021

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has named Scotland boss Steve Clarke as his number one choice to be the next permanent manager of the Bhoys.

Clarke is set to lead the Scotland national team into the European Championships this summer but if Hartson had his pick, the former Kilmarnock boss would be his man.

A number of names, well known and less known, have been linked with the vacant post at Celtic Park.

The club, as yet, haven’t given an indication of how quickly a new manager will be appointed. Supporters are also expecting a sporting director to be appointed ahead of the summer.

Hartson thinks there is an obvious choice for the position close to home.

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Speaking to Off The Ball, he said: “Steve Clarke would be my number one to go to, if he was available, but obviously he is in charge of Scotland.

“He did a fantastic job at Kilmarnock, and has worked with the best in the past in terms of learning and picked up from the best. He’s got Scotland in the Euro’s and we will see how Scotland do there.

“He would be someone for me if I had the opportunity, and was picking a manager, I would pick someone like Steve Clarke.”

Is Steve Clarke a good fit to be Celtic manager?

The Scotland boss certainly has his supporters given the job he’s done with the national team. Guiding Scotland to their first major tournament since 1998 is no mean feat. Some illustrious names have failed at that task down the years.

He also transformed Kilmarnock into one of the best teams in the entire country. It’s fascinating to imagine what he could do with Celtic’s resources.

Steve Clarke has been tipped for success at Celtic / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, his style of football doesn’t exactly mesh with what most supporters like to see. Fans could be looking for a more progressive, stylish coach to come and rejuvenate the Hoops.

I reckon we’ve been linked with worse options over the last few weeks though. Clarke isn’t my front runner but I can’t lie and say I’m not intrigued by the prospect of him taking over.

It’s unlikely to happen anyway given his happiness at the Scottish FA.

In other news, a Sky Sports journalist has provided more details on the Ben Davies Celtic saga.