Former Celtic icon Frank McAvennie believes that Steve Clarke is the right man to take over as the club’s new manager.
The Scotland head coach recently guided the country to their first major tournament since 1998 after their dramatic play-off victory against Serbia to send the Tartan Army to Euro 2020 (via BBC Sport) and was described as “fantastic” by his predecessor Alex McLeish for the achievement.
With this in mind, there is a void to fill over at Parkhead after Neil Lennon offered his resignation on Wednesday morning, with John Kennedy taking over until the end of the current disastrous campaign.
Sky Sports journalist Jim White said that Clarke was one of three names in the frame for the Celtic job, including Rafael Benitez and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie suggested that Clarke fits the role after spending time with him during his playing days.
“I played with Stevie Clarke at St Mirren – he’s a very good manager,” he said.
“He is one of the best coaches in the world, I keep telling people. He has coached under Mourinho, Dalglish – some of the best. “He would bring in his own players and they would need to let him buy players. I think he’d take it, too.
“One thing Stevie would do is sort the defence out. I think those at the club right now will be gone though because I don’t think any of them can defend – none of them. A lot of things have gone wrong but one thing Stevie Clarke would sort out would be that defence.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
McAvennie raises a good point. Clarke has a strong CV in terms of some of the managers he has worked for during his time as an assistant, particularly at Liverpool and Chelsea.
That said, Celtic need a winner and he only managed to accumulate a point-per-game average of 1.77 at Kilmarnock (Transfermarkt).
This may seem unfair on Clarke, but Celtic need to regain the Scottish Premiership title at the first time of asking. Unfortunately, he may not offer such guarantees.
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