Celtic fans have been reacting to the news that German manager Marco Rose has been snapped up by Borussia Monchengladbach.
The former RB Salzburg manager will depart Austria at the end of the season. He managed to keep Salzburg as top dogs domestically and had an unbeaten home record that stretched over two years.
And that’s all been enough for Gladbach to tie him up. It disappointed some in the Celtic support who were hoping he would make the move to Glasgow for next season.
There’s still to be a decision made over our next permanent manager. But, reacting to the news on Twitter, sections of the support are clearly a tad gutted over this most recent development.
Ah ffs, theres yer Marco Rose gone. We're getting stuck with Lennon aren't we
— Rachael (@maradoddsy7) April 10, 2019
Marco rose signs for monchengladbach, fair enough can't argue with that, top 2/3 best league in world and 4pts off guaranteed champions league. No brainer really, we could never have competed tbh
— The Clover (@TheClover_67) April 10, 2019
When Marco Rose putted that long green shot on the 17th to go 2 up, DD was never going to sign him… Nobody 'putts' one over DD 😉😂
— Big John (@Hunbelievables) April 10, 2019
Marco Rose going to Gladbach? Please say it isnt so…..
— Elvis (@elvis_1888) April 6, 2019
Cheers sons crying now
— CouchGuy (@scjrory4117) April 10, 2019
Hope you’re happy, you did this @CelticFC
— Tony (@tony_stuart1967) April 10, 2019
Thought we were pals, wtf boys?
— Larsson's Son (@ProjectKeekz) April 10, 2019
This is a problem Celtic could continue to face
Rose is probably one of those managers you can label under the “fresh approach” bracket. The likes of Roberto Martinez, Andre Villas Boas, and any other foreign manager yet to work in Scotland is probably likewise.
But Rose’s move to Gladbach could be a sign of things to come for other potential targets.
Celtic don’t appear to be further down the line in announcing a new manager. It doesn’t feel as though the club will make anything clear until after Lennon’s tenure. You can understand the thinking if that’s the case, as winning the treble could be validation for Lennon to get the job.
But at the same time, we’re risking getting other candidates in by playing this game. Managers such as Rose will want their futures tied up well before May 25th. Whilst there will definitely still be some decent prospects out of work, we’re limiting ourselves by waiting on the season to end.
There is also the train of thought, however, that it’s unfair on Lennon to bring in someone whilst he still has a job to do. That’s also fair enough.
Unfortunately, however, Rose’s move is a sign that managers won’t just stick around waiting on a call from Peter Lawwell or Dermot Desmond. Waiting until the end of the season can be a risky business. But it’s easy to see why Celtic may choose that route anyway.