Former French World Cup winner Laurent Blanc has become the latest high-profile name to be linked with the vacant Celtic managerial job.
The 53-year-old has been without a club since leaving PSG in 2016. He won eight major trophies in three years in Paris but was eventually hounded out for not delivering in Europe. Blanc has also managed Bordeaux – where he won their only title in the last 20 years – and the French national team.
A report from Calciomercato detailed that Blanc was being considered for the Celtic job alongside the likes of Claudio Ranieri and Slaven Bilic.
While the report may be unfounded, it has opened up the possibility that Celtic are going to go big with their next appointment.
A history of winning
There is nothing more important at Celtic than winning trophies. That is only amplified by the period of success we are going through and what is still to come. We stand on the brink of immortality with ten-in-a-row now just two away. Two more successful seasons will bring about arguably the second greatest achievement in the history of our club.
It is important that we have an impressive, motivated manager who wants to make his mark. When Brendan Rodgers joined in 2016, the entire football club received a boost. He transformed the team on and off the pitch and put strategies in place that have long outlived his tenure.
Rodgers didn’t exactly have a history of winning trophies, but it would be ideal if our new man did. Someone like Blanc or Dutchman Phillip Cocu who have won with the biggest clubs in their respective countries would be ideal.
Being the leading team in a nation brings a different pressure. A man who has shown he can deal with that would be a really desirable candidate.