We are looking for a manager, so you know the rules. Some ex-players will try to scare you with Roy Keane, various agents will push their uninspiring clients into the spotlight in the hope a media association with Celtic will enhance their chances of getting fixed up at Swindon. And, the occasional manager who wants more pay, will start talking about the honour of being linked with Celtic, while linking himself with Celtic.
Managers who are talking to Celtic right now are not talking to anyone in the media, you can bet Newco’s delayed vat payment on it. I have no doubt RB Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch has been sounded out, but his “interesting” and “an honour” comments about Celtic tell you all you need to know.
Although he was speaking to BBC Sport, he was talking to his employer. Chances of him pitching up at Celtic Park next season depend overwhelmingly on Salzburg’s Champions/Europa League draw. Learn ‘manager speak’; silence is what to listen for. Today’s story does not fit the profile, there will be another one along soon.