Report: RB Leipzig lining up Celtic admirer Jesse Marsch as their next manager

By David Walton

March 29, 2021

Bild has reported that RB Leipzig have chosen Celtic admirer Jesse Marsch as their next manager.

The respected German outlet state that Julien Nagelsmann, the current Leipzig boss, is in-demand. They believe that Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Tottenham Hotspur as possible destinations. However, Bayern is the job that is said to interest him the most.

Bild report that his successor has already been chosen in RB Salzburg manager Marsch. He’s said to be the favoured candidate in the thoughts of Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.

Bild state that Marsch will not become the new manager of Borussia Monchengladbach, and claim he shut Celtic down also.

However, this is a further blow for Celtic in their pursuit of the American. Marsch outlined his interest in the Celtic job in an interview with the BBC two weeks ago. But the speculation since has appeared to distance him from being Neil Lennon’s permanent successor.

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Leipzig was always the destination that was Celtic’s biggest roadblock in appointing Marsch. Given the relationship between Salzburg and Leipzig, it was always a possibility.

In addition to that, Marsch has previous with the Bundesliga giants. The American was assistant to Ralf Rangnick back in the 2018/19 season. During that period, his side finished third in the Bundesliga and made the DFB-Pokal final.

It was also the club he was at when the agreement was made for him to go to Salzburg. Therefore, it’s not out of the question to suggest that a long-term plan was potentially in place here. That this was always the plan for when Nagelsmann departed.

Jesse Marsch has spoken about the Celtic job / (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Granted, this will only happen if the current Leipzig boss does depart. As of yet, no destination is certain. But Marsch has the option of simply digging his heels in and waiting for him to leave at this point.

As for Celtic fans, this is a real blow. We’re not talking about any team from Germany here. Leipzig are second at the moment and only four points behind Bayern. We could be talking about the Bundesliga champions come the end of the season.

The Hoops fans were extremely enthused when Marsch outlined an interest in Celtic. But the further time goes on, the more it looks like his future is in Germany.

In other news, the Celtic supporters haven’t been impressed with Steve Clarke over the last week.