As the hunt for the new Celtic manager continues, there have already been plenty of managers linked to the job in the last 48 hours.

One of the latest links is to Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen. The Norwegian has won two league titles in his time at the club and has a decent record in Europe.

But former Celtic midfielder Stan Petrov thinks that the next man to take over Celtic will come from our tried and tested link to the City Group.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Petrov said, “I believe there will be many candidates there. But I believe that is has to be somebody who works in the same manner as Ange Postecoglou.

“We also know that Celtic are heavily linked with City Group and that City Group have plenty of managers who work in the same way.

“I would not be surprised if it was going to be somebody who works with the City Group.”

Celtic have had recent success in the transfer market using the City Group. And, of course, that is how we procured Ange Postecoglou two seasons ago.

If this is the case, this would lend more weight to the recent speculation that Celtic are interested in speaking to Enzo Maresca. The Italian is a coach at Manchester City who is a member of the global football company.

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As well as the English Premier League giants, teams like Yokohama F Marinos, New York City and Melbourne FC are all part of the group as well as teams from Belgium, Italy and Brazil.

There is no doubt that Celtic will do their due diligence. And if needed, they will have the option to use their connections at the City Group to help find their next manager to help broaden their choices.

But hopefully, that won’t be required as the Celtic job is likely to garner a lot of interest due to our financial position and the small matter of having guaranteed Champions League football next season.

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