Report: Jesse Marsch latest is disappointing news for Celtic fans

By David Walton

April 27, 2021

RB Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch was certainly a popular choice amongst the Celtic fans to become our new manager, but according to CBS Sports, a new path is opening up for him.

The USA outlet claims that Marsch is “top of the list” at RB Leipzig to replace Julian Nagelsmann. This comes as Nagelsmann is set to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season. CBS Sports believes that the two clubs are locked in negotiations regarding a compensation fee.

But if the move comes off, it opens up the much-anticipated path to Leipzig for Marsch. CBS does also report that Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is also a candidate. However, given the link between Leipzig and RB Salzburg – Marsch’s current employers – it looks like the logical move.

Only days ago, the Salzburg boss commented on potentially joining Lepzig in the future. He labelled the idea as a “great” one if Nagelsmann was to depart [Sky Sports]. It looks as though that prospect could now finally come to fruition.

Marsch was asked about the Celtic job back in March, the American tactician calling links an “honour” and admitting that he would be interested [BBC].

Has Jesse Marsch already flown past Celtic in the footballing ladder?

You can’t help but shake the feeling that Marsch knows he can do better than Celtic. No, not in terms of club size, but in terms of money, potential, and profile.

Unfortunately, as attractive as we are to coaches around the globe, we struggle to hold the same star-power as some of the top leagues in Europe. It’s why players leave Celtic and go to places like Southampton. It’s not because they’re joining a bigger football club. It’s simply because it’s an opportunity for them to play in front of a bigger audience and against a better standard of player.

The same goes for managers. So even though we are one of the biggest clubs in Europe, we’ll always be overlooked for the top clubs in Europe’s biggest leagues. You have to remember that Leipzig are currently second in the Bundesliga and a regular at Champions League level.

Erling Haaland and Jesse Marsch / (Photo by Markus Tobisch/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

In that sense, Celtic are often held back because of the league they operate in. Not because they’re any less of a club than some of our European counterparts.

In terms of the Celtic managerial role, it’s still hugely attractive. The opportunity to come in and rebuild this football club from the ground up should whet many an appetite. In addition to that, you could become an instant hero if the title is secured immediately. Not to mention that fact you have a genuine opportunity to make your mark in Europe.

It’s the right job for many coaches. But for Marsch? It feels like he’s ready for something bigger in Germany.

In other news, a Celtic-supporting SPFL star has been taunting Rangers on social media after Sunday’s result.