Thierry Henry has provided a cryptic response when asked about the Celtic managerial gig.
Henry is currently out of work after leaving Montreal Impact earlier this year. It comes after he managed to lead the MLS outfit into the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Celtic have still to appoint a new manager for next season, with John Kennedy in charge between now and the summer. Henry, however, has had a mixed spell in management after a failed first managerial gig with Monaco.
And as he looks for his next job, he was asked on the Robbie Fowler Podcast whether he had applied for the Celtic job, he provided a non-committal response:
“With all humility, whatever is going to come my way – I’m not saying that should come my way. Whatever is going to come my way I’m going to try to evaluate. I’m sure they’re going to work on what they’re going to work on.
“I don’t know what’s happening there, this is a club I respect a lot, but that I don’t know about.”
Thierry Henry adds blockbuster value, but Celtic need a safer pair of hands
You can’t deny the intrigue the likes of Henry would bring to Celtic. He would arrive with a host of contacts and has a name that players will instantly want to play for.
However, Celtic need a safer pair of hands than this. Henry, for all of his blockbuster value, has had an inconsistent managerial career.
Nowhere is he more idolised than in his homeland. Yet it’s in France where he’s had his most troubling spell as a manager. Whilst in charge of Monaco, Henry only managed four wins from 20 games in charge before being sent packing.
Outside of his heroic playing career with the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona, there isn’t much to suggest he’s qualified for the gig. And given the rebuild that’s needed at Celtic, we need to be confident in the man coming into the club. Henry has had one opportunity to rebuild a club in Monaco and failed to do so.
Henry is only really being talked about because of his big-name factor. If we were going for that then we would be as well appointing Roy Keane. He’s actually won something as a manager.
So even if Henry has applied, it’s likely this will be swiftly dismissed. He may be Celtic favourite Moussa Demebele’s idol [Scottish Sun], but he’s got a lot more to do before he’s ready to wow Celtic supporters.