Front and foremost in the minds of Celtic’s board when considering a new manager will be squad considerations. For two years we have recruited to a plan. For example, fullbacks that can invert and are comfortable with both feet, traditional wingers, instead of wide midfielders like Moi Elyounoussi.
A manager can have a plan which superficially resembles how we currently play: move the ball quickly, press as soon as you are out of possession, use the width of the field when in possession, but when you drill down, that tells you nothing about what is required from specialists in the squad.
I don’t think we need a manager who plays exactly as we have recently, although I see the attraction, but whoever it is, he should believe in our current system enough to adopt it. Right now, we have scouted thousands of games ahead of this summer’s recruitment drive. The targe list is arranged to meet specific requirements. Going back to the drawing board at this stage will not produce optimum results.
This excludes no one, but for the first time, the Celtic board are likely to put a great deal of weight into the answer to the question, “How would you propose to play?”