"Utter honkin"; Celtic fans unimpressed with Steve Clarke and his Scotland performances
The Celtic supporters have been left frustrated and disappointed by the performances of Scotland manager Steve Clarke over the last week.
Clarke is one of the names the Hoops reportedly have on their managerial shortlist [Daily Mail]. Therefore, many Hoops supporters’ eyes were on what he would produce during the current international break.
This was effectively Clarke’s unofficial Celtic audition. Beat Austria and Israel and his stock would grow further. Fail to do that and he likely would’ve put the vast majority of Celtic fans off going for him.
It looks as though he’s done the latter after another disappointing draw vs Israel. Scotland could only muster up a 1-1 stalemate in their second World Cup Qualifying match. The first ended in a similarly poor 2-2 home draw vs Austria. All this before they even meet the beside side in the group – Denmark.
Worryingly for Celtic supporters, Scotland have looked second best in both games. For large parts of the Israel game last night, Clarke worryingly informed his players to drop deep and give Israel time and space on the ball as they easily played out from the back.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke doing nothing to merit the Celtic job
This was a tactic that came back to hurt the Tartan Army. Israel netted after Dor Peretz was allowed to stroll forward and have a pop from nearly 30 yards out. Even in the second 45 when Scotland put on a much better press, chances were at a preium going forward.
That’s something that’s been prominent under Clarke. Scotland don’t create enough goalscoring opportunities to win football matches. In their last 10 matches, Scotland have only scored more than one goal in two of them.
Clarke isn’t getting the best out of an extremely talented group of players. Scotland have the likes of John McGinn, Scott McTominay, Ryan Christie, Callum McGregor, Kieran Tierney, Andrew Robertson, and Ryan Fraser all available. Yet they don’t impress with their all-round performances.
The Scotland boss already looks as though his World Cup qualifying dream is close to being over. In their first two matches, Scotland have put themselves at a bigger disadvantage than they would’ve feared.
And it’s most certainly put plenty of Celtic supporters off appointing Clarke. Here’s a look at what they said last night on social media:
Imagine sitting through a season or two of Steve Clarke football😩 same with Kennedy every single player has regressed under his and Lennon’s coaching techniques. Think Big Celtic.
— roy (@Airthreycastle3) March 29, 2021
If Celtic announce Steve Clarke as the next Celtic manager then they don’t need to bother sending me a renewal email as it will be going right into the trash folder. Utter honking to watch
— Kev Mc67 (@kevmcmanus11) March 28, 2021
Can’t believe folk wanted Steve Clarke at Celtic. Never in a million years man, could fall asleep watching Scotland
— T (@TommyOrourke98) March 28, 2021
If Steve Clarke ended up as Celtic manager then a reckon it’d put me off football for life.
— Conor 🇩🇰 (@ConorM67_) March 28, 2021
Steve Clarke for Celtic? Don’t make me laugh
— Pol MacFhionnghaile 🇮🇪🏴 (@mcginleybhoy) March 28, 2021
Hopefully watching this Scotland team tonight, will make everyone wise up when even thinking about Steve Clarke for the Celtic job!!
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— Hoopybhoy 🇮🇪🇵🇸 (@PaddyBhoy1965) March 28, 2021
Clarke proving he ain’t good enough for Celtic post with a little bit of luck we don’t rely on luck a great team doesn’t need nor look for luck
— Robert Craig (@rabcraig1962) March 28, 2021
Hopefully watching these Scotland games makes people realise that Clarke shouldn’t be near the Celtic job.
— James Campbell (@underagemaddog) March 28, 2021
In other news, watch as Celtic superstar Odsonne Edouard got himself up-and-running for France under-21s last night.