Report highlights potential contract issue with Chris Wilder amid Celtic speculation

By David Walton

March 22, 2021

The Scottish Sun has today reported a potential contract issue with one of the men linked with the Celtic managerial post – Chris Wilder.

Wilder has been out of work for less than a fortnight after parting company with Sheffield United. It was said to be due to a disagreement with the owner on the way forward for the club [talkSPORT].

Since then, he’s been one of the most touted candidates for the Celtic job this summer after the departure of Neil Lennon. With John Kennedy’s stock also nowhere near high enough for the gig, it’s clear to see why Wilder is an option. With his double-promotion with Sheffield to his name, he’s ready for the next step.

However, the Scottish Sun has highlighted a potential stumbling block in the pay-off he’s receiving from Sheffield. As part of his settlement package, Wilder is to be paid for the next six months. Should he accept another job, however, this would be a substantially less payment than he originally would’ve received.

It’s unlikely that Celtic would be able to offer him anywhere near it given the differing wages between the EPL and the Scottish Premiership.

The report has claimed that there has been no official contact between Celtic and Wilder. However, they state that it’s likely he would still find an approach from the Hoops hard to turn down.

When are Celtic likely to touch base with number one candidate? Chris Wilder unlikely to be that man

Whilst Wilder’s achievements with Sheffield are highly-underrated up here, it doesn’t feel like he’s one of the true favourites. Not really. Especially considering there’s such a divisive feel to this one from the Celtic supporters.

If Wilder was indeed our number one target, you have to imagine we would’ve touched base by now. Supporters would like to think that Celtic will have been working hard ever since Lennon’s departure that month to fill the void. That would include putting feelers out to bigger priority targets.

If they haven’t already done so, then it would be sheer incompetence. Then again, we’ve gotten used to that from the Celtic board this season. Still, we have to believe they’ll be doing their due diligence and making the appropriate steps to ensure we’re prepared for a busy summer.

Potential Celtic candidate Chris Wilder / (Photo by MIKE EGERTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Wilder isn’t the most exciting name pushed forward for the gig. I think we all understand that. But what he is, and this can’t be a denied, is that he’s a very good football manager. He’s won three promotions throughout his career and led Sheffield United to ninth in the Premier League last season. It was a ridiculous achievement in truth.

If he was appointed as the next Hoops boss, it would be a shrewd move. No, he doesn’t bring an IT factor. His name won’t rock Scottish football. But the club would be in very capable hands – something we haven’t been able to say this season.

In any case, with Celtic reportedly not having touched base with Wilder, it looks unlikely as things stand.

In other news, Celtic’s final Glasgow derby date this season has been confirmed.