The appointment Celtic now can't afford to make after Jesse Marsch news

By David Walton

March 17, 2021

With Jesse Marsch effectively confirming his interest in the Celtic job today, it puts a totally different perspective on things.

Celtic are still to make their minds up on who their new manager will be going forward. John Kennedy is currently in interim charge between now and the end of the season. However, there has been no announcement on what will happen beyond that.

In fact, some such as Brendan Rodgers has actually backed Kennedy to be in the frame for the gig full-time [Sky Sports].

That was already a ridiculous notion to begin with, but Wednesday’s comments from Marsch make it even more so. For Celtic, thanks to Marsch’s comments, now simply can’t afford to turn to Kennedy and give him the job.

The Celtic board has a massive job restoring faith in them from their supporters. With the likes of Eddie Howe and Marsch available, there’s now no justification for turning to Kennedy.

It would look as though the club is looking to do things on the cheap again. In fact, it would look even worse than that. It would come across as though they haven’t even done their due diligence. That a sheer dereliction of duty has been shown.

John Kennedy to Celtic now can’t be justified after Jesse Marsch interest

There are a host of higher-profile managers out there than Kennedy that would want the Celtic job. We knew that before Neil Lennon was appointed too. But the difference now is that one has more or less issued a come-and-get-me plea.

Marsch has talked up the project at Celtic and how much it coincides with his footballing beliefs. He wasn’t just being diplomatic, he was putting forward his interest. Regardless of how you look at it, there is no justification for ignoring this and trying to sneak Kennedy into the gig.

What the Celtic board were always able to hold over the support when Lennon was appointed was a lack of proof that the big-name managers actually wanted the Celtic job. That their thoughts on football aligned with how Celtic are run as a club.

Jesse Marsch: a huge success at RB Salzburg. / (Photo by Andreas Schaad/Getty Images)

Marsch’s comments put that theory to bed. There’s no reason for Celtic not to be chasing him down for urgent talks regarding the future. If they don’t, it will be sheer ignorance.

But make no mistake, if they turn around after today and end up giving it to Kennedy, it will be something that’s always thrown back in their face by the support. Fans don’t forget comments such as Marsch’s today. That’s something Dermot Desmond and Peter Lawwell will surely know by now.

Any hopes they had of sneaking Kennedy into the role in a low-cost move have been dashed.

In other news, Alex Ferguson is looking to help Celtic’s foes become challengers to the Parkhead club.