As soon as it was announced that Neil Lennon would be leaving Celtic earlier this year, speculation began to swirl about who would replace him. Several names have been swirling since then, and it will be extremely interesting to see who will be put forward to replace him. Let’s take a closer look at some of the names we have seen in contention for the manager’s role at Celtic.
The current Scotland manager has been considered as the new Celtic manager for quite some time now. He is an extremely popular figure in the world of Scottish football, and he would no doubt be able to pass on some of his expertise and knowledge to the players.
However, Clarke is also currently contracted to the Scottish National team, and is unlikely to leave them any time soon. With Scotland’s first appearance at a major tournament since 1998 in the form of the Euros, plus the qualifiers for the World Cup on the horizon, it is unlikely that Clarke will be persuaded to walk away from the national squad. He is currently contracted until the end of the World Cup in 2022, but there are rumours that he is shortly going to be offered a new contract too.
Since talks with Eddie Howe broke down, Postecoglou has been one of the favourites to take on the role of Celtic manager. The Greek-born Australian has plenty of experience managing some of the top teams in the world, with his current team being the Yokohama F. Marinos – one of the top teams of Japan’s J1 League.
Celtic are one of the top teams in the Scottish Premiership, and the best football betting sites UK often give them favourable odds. Nevertheless, they have been experiencing a run of defeats at the moment. Postecoglou might be the ideal person to turn this around and motivate the team to victory once more.
After leaving Chelsea in January, there have been many rumours about where Lampard might go next. Some of those rumours have suggested that he might come north of the border to Celtic Park. With an extensive career as a player already behind him, he is very much at the beginning of his career as a manager, but he could have plenty of fresh ideas that Celtic could make use of.
Another reason to bring him north would be as his old rival Steven Gerrard is the manager of Rangers. Having them face each other across the pitch could help to make Old Firm matches even more of a spectacle than usual.
These are three names that could be in the running to be Celtic manager. Each one has his own strengths and could bring something special to the team. The choice of manager will have a massive impact on the performance of the team in the future, and it will be important to see who manages to land this prestigious position.