Marc Rieper tips Slaven Bilic for permanent Celtic job

By John Reid

May 3, 2019

Former Celtic defender Marc Rieper has named the man he would like to see become the next boss at Celtic Park.

Rieper, who helped Celtic win the league title in 1998 is convinced that man is former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic.

Rieper has even disclosed that he has spoken about his former club with his one-time West Ham team-mate.

“I’ve spoken to him before about Celtic being a massive club, and he’s really aware of that” he told the Herald.

“He’d fit the bill”

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“I think he’d fit the bill there. Slaven would fit in at any club in Europe, I think he’s a really good manager, and he’s a really nice person.”

The appointment of a manager like Bilic would certainly be out of the left-field for the Hoops.

His last managerial job was at Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad, but he was sacked earlier this year after winning only three matches out of 15.

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Plenty of question marks

That is a potential warning sign. Hiring a manager who had a recent poor record would bring plenty of question marks.

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That hasn’t stopped the Celtic board before though. They hired Tony Mowbray after he had led West Brom to relegation from the English Premier League.

Perhaps Bilic’s time as a top manager has been and gone. He has found it hard to live up to the job he did as Croatian national team manager.

Still, he is another name to keep an eye on as Celtic consider their next permanent manager.