Football expert and recruitment consultant Ian McGarry has claimed that Gordon Strachan could return to the Celtic dugout.

Speaking in The Transfer Window podcast, McGarry stated that the Celtic board were most likely go with a trusted name to ride out the storm and attempt to seal Celtic’s 10th title in a row.

He said:

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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.

He continued:

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. He’s currently working for a television station covering Scottish football.

McGarry and the Transfer Window podcast have decent form on inside info and making astute predictions. McGarry has seen it all in an expansive career, so his comments are not without weight.


At the very least, this is something to consider, and seems like the kind of move Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell might make.

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A lateral move?

Strachan isn’t the only ex-Celt to have been linked to the job. Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have been mentioned as a potential replacement for Neil Lennon, should the board make changes. You can read our take on that here.

The former Scotland, Middlesbrough and Coventry City boss is by no means a spent force in football management and you can see him returning to a dugout before too long.

Maybe, though, it needn’t be ours.

Strachan couldn’t get Scotland to the promised land / (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

Since leaving Celtic, Strachan hasn’t won a trophy at any club, nor could he help Scotland progress into a major tournament for the first time since 1998. Granted, the National Team were handed tough routes for qualification, but some disappointing results left the Tartan Army scratching their heads.

Those clamouring for a change of direction at Celtic don’t seem particularly hungry en masse to bring in a proven ‘Celtic man’ like Strachan.

The standard of football under Wee Gordon towards the latter end of his spell as manager left a lot to be desired, and if fans are expecting the kind of fast-paced, high-intensity play reminiscent of Brendan Rodgers’ spell at Parkhead, they’ll be left wanting.

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