Former Celtic star John Collins believe that Steve Clarke is not the man to replace Neil Lennon as the club’s manager.
Collins not keen
The current Scotland head coach has been heavily linked with the Parkhead role and it would certainly be an interesting appointment – he has just guided the Tartan Army to their first major tournament since 1998.
Supporters have been deeply unhappy with the way that the Northern Irish tactician has handled his squad during the 2020/21 campaign, with mass protests taking place urging for the board to relieve him of his duties.
The Hoops are currently 18 points behind arch-rivals Rangers with any hopes of winning an unprecedented 10-in-a-row all but gone.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Collins believes that Clarke’s tactical personality would not suit Celtic, who need to be blowing teams away week in, week out.
“To be the manager of Celtic you need experience, you’ve got to play a certain brand of football and be successful with it,” he said.
“The manager of Celtic needs to be an offensive, attack-minded coach. The fans want victories but they also want winning in style.
“Stevie Clarke has done a terrific job with Scotland and Kilmarnock. Has he produced attacking, entertaining football? The answer would be probably not.
“His teams are organised, hard to break down, they defend deep. That’s not really a weekly basis with Celtic, they’re looking for three or four goals and victories with style.
“I think Stevie Clarke has done a brilliant job for Scotland and Kilmarnock but I don’t think he fits the profile for Celtic.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
The Bhoys’ new chief executive Dominic McKay has a tough decision to make in what is one of the biggest summers for the club in recent times.
It will be a new era at Parkhead, and with a Director of Football potentially on the cards, the new manager will have plenty of support in terms of choosing which players to bring in.
In his managerial career, Clarke’s best goals-per-game average was with Kilmarnock at just 1.46 from 79 matches (Transfermarkt), which would suggest that Collins’ view is correct and Clarke would be a rather intriguing target for the Bhoys, given the disparity in style of play.
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