Kenny Dalglish makes promising Celtic manager prediction

By John McGinley

February 28, 2021

Celtic legend Kenny Dalglish believes the club will appoint a manager of the ‘highest calibre’ after the exit of Neil Lennon last week.

Speculation has been fierce in recent days as Celtic are linked to managers far and wide.

The bookmakers’ favourites list is chock full of names both well known and something of a mystery to supporters.

The concern for fans is that the club settles for a second-best candidate and perhaps don’t conduct the wide recruitment search we need.

That’s essentially what happened after Brendan Rodgers left for Leicester City.

However, Dalglish reckons a quality pick will be on his way to the Celtic Park dugout.

He told The Sunday Post: “Around a dozen names have been linked with the manager’s job. At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be a clear front-runner in the eyes of the supporters and the media.

“Dermot Desmond is very much keeping his cards close to his chest and that’s the way it should be.

“I’m not privy as to who will be Neil’s replacement. But I do know that it will be a person of the highest calibre available.”

Highest calibre doesn’t mean biggest name

If you’ve been paying attention to media sources over the last week, you’ll know that pundits have been linking us to familiar big names such as Roy Keane, Mick McCarthy and Steve Clarke.

However, just because a candidate is well known by the vast majority of the support, it doesn’t mean he is the best man for the job.

Celtic Park / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

In fact, a left-field appointment could well capture the imagination of the fans in a more constructive way.

We need a proper football coach and tactician in the door, someone who can show adaptability and courage in matches, depending on the opposition.

The next appointment must be made purely on competency and recent track record, rather than reputation of days gone by.

In other news, a former Napoli and Inter boss is open to hearing from Celtic about the job.