Noel Whelan does not think that Mick McCarthy is the right man to be the next manager at Celtic after it was revealed that he is on their shortlist.
A source has told Football Insider that the current manager at Cardiff City is seen as an attractive option at Parkhead due to his pedigree, availability and links to the Glasgow club.
Should Celtic hire McCarthy?
McCarthy used to play as a central defender for the Hoops, and is out of contract with the Bluebirds at the end of the 2020/21 term.
However, speaking to Football Insider, although Whelan is a big admirer of McCarthy, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker does not think that the 62-year-old would be a good fit for the Celts:
“Look, I love Mick McCarthy.
“He’s been fantastic at every club he’s been at. I’m sure the Celtic fans would love it being him being part of the Republic of Ireland (setup). That would go down well the fans.
“I still believe they need to look somewhere different. I believe as good as a manager as Mick is, I think there are fresher ideas out there.
“It’s working right now for him at Cardiff. He’ll always get players to play for him, he’ll always have his own style of play but I think Celtic need to look somewhere else.
“That’s no disrespect to Mick McCarthy. I think he’s a fantastic manager, a fantastic person and a manager who won’t skirt around the edges. He will tell you exactly how it is.
“I think they probably needed him this year. Tell these spoilt brats, some of them, they need to get off their high horse and start working hard.
“I think next season, no. It’s probably flattering to Mick that he’s doing such a great job down at Cardiff he’s been linked.
“If they’re going to look somewhere else, you look to a younger, fresher manager. I don’t think Mick McCarthy would be my first choice.
“I think they need to look a little bit further down the age chain.”
McCarthy may not be the right man for Celtic
Although he is a very experienced coach, having previously managed at the highest level in the Premier League, McCarthy may not be the ideal man to take the Bhoys forward.
As Whelan suggests, he is not getting any younger at 62 years of age, and it may now be a better idea for the current Scottish Premiership holders to find a manager for the longer term.
Nonetheless, if Celtic were to hire McCarthy, he would certainly be a man that would be able to steady the ship at least in the short-term.
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