Premiership midfielder urges Celtic to consider Valerien Ismael as new permanent manager

By John McGinley

March 18, 2021

Livingston midfielder, coach and pundit Marvin Bartley has urged Celtic to consider Barsnley boss Valerien Ismael as the club’s new permanent manager.

A huge range of names have been mentioned in relation to the vacant post at Celtic Park, but Ismael is a new one up for discussion.

Bartley, who is also currently the reserves boss at Livi, has been taking a close look at Ismael’s Barnsley team and reckons he’s one of the next big up-and-coming managers down in England.

The 45-year-old is the Sportscene pundit’s second choice for the job, behind Eddie Howe.

Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, Bartley said: “There’s a man at Barnsley, I know they are in the Championship, but he’s also played at Bayern Munich and he’s a really, really good coach. I’m a student of the coaching game and the way they play football is unbelievable.

“He’s a manager who will go onto bigger and better teams than Barnsley. They’re a team that should be bottom four, bottom five. They are punching way above their weight.

“He’s unbelievable, for me. I know I spoke about Eddie Howe and I’ve played under Howe, but if I was looking a bit further afield and looking at somebody slightly different it would be him.”

Valerien Ismael doing great work at Barnsley – ready to become the new Celtic manager?

There’s a school of thought out there that Celtic should be looking to appoint a lesser-known name, someone on the cusp of becoming the next big thing. Ismael’s profile would certainly suggest he might be one of those managers.

He’s actually got a lot of coaching experience after spells as a manager in Germany, Greece and Austria before his move to Barnsley.

In Austria, he led LASK to their first-ever Europa League group stage and won their section ahead of Sporting Lisbon, PSV and Rosenborg before exiting the competition against Manchester United.

Could Valerien Ismael become the new Celtic manager?/ (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

As Bartley states, he’s now doing great work at Barnsley and looks set to lead them into the promotion play-offs at the end of the season.

Also utilising an effective and exciting 3-4-3 system, he’s a name not yet discussed that could be worth a look for Celtic during the current recruitment search.

In other news, Jesse Marsch to Celtic continues to find support from pundits in the media.