Celtic have had a year full of pain compared to their previous decade or so – from Europa League disappointment to bottling 10 titles in a row to Old Firm rivals Rangers, it hasn’t been great! They now are looking for the man that can change their fortunes and take them into an era of prosperity, and more importantly, back to the top of the table.
Here are 5 managers who could do so, in no particular order:
1. Roy Keane
Roy Keane is one of the men linked with the job, despite Keane’s previous scattered attempts into management. Keane played for Celtic for a season at the end of his career after very successful times at Forest and then Manchester United, Roy has worked under some of the greatest managers ever, but it hasn’t quite worked out for the former Ipswich manager. In his first managerial adventure, Roy led Sunderland to Championship promotion, winning the league with 88 points. He then kept the Black Cats up, finishing 15th! Aswell as his time at Sunderland, Keane has managed East Anglia outfit Ipswich Town in the Championship, finishing 15th, and then getting sacked in the January of the following season. Could the Super Sunday pundit be the man to lead Celtic flying into a new era?
2. Domènec Torrent
Domènec Torrent may be less familiar to some readers, but the Manchester City fans among you will almost certainly know who he is. The Spaniard has had spells at Girona, and has been a coach at European giants Barcelona, Bayern and obviously City, and after that has managed Flamengo and City sister club, NYCFC. Despite never really hitting the heights as a ‘proper’ manager, Domènec is a very intelligent man who could well flourish at Celtic if given the right budget, and if they recruit the right players! If Torrent were to join, Celtic fans would be right to be excited about seeing attacking football.
3. Chris Wilder
From Barcelona, Bayern and Manchester City, to Northampton, Oxford and Sheffield United! Wilder has a vastly different career to Torrent, but still has an identity! His Sheffield United side are known for their brave style of play, and their famous ‘overlapping centre halves’, creating movement and overloads in the final third of the pitch, which would be an exciting concept with Celtic’s technical centre halves, such as Kristoffer Ajer, who may fit that role, or the role of central defender that does not overlap, played by John Egan at the Blades. Wilder plays a 3 at the back with great success, prioritising defensive stability whilst still being able to score goals sufficiently. Sadly, this season didn’t work out for Wilder’s men, which is why he is now linked with the Celtic job!
4. Enzo Maresca
Former Italy u21 international Vincenzo Maresca has been linked with the Celtic job along with the others! Another name that’ll be familiar with Manchester City fans as he is the current Elite Development Squad manager at City, who won the FA Youth Cup in 2020, beating Chelsea in the final. Although the transition from youth management to senior management may be tricky, Enzo certainly has all the tactical knowledge he could have, like Torrent! City’s youngsters play very good football, so it acts as a great pathway to the first team for some, and Maresca would be an exciting prospect for Celtic fans, as, like Torrent, he is plays very exciting, expansive football!
5. John Kennedy
John Kennedy is the current Celtic caretaker manager and is Celtic through and through! He’s been at Celtic virtually all his life, disregarding a loan move to Norwich in 2008. Kennedy also played once for Scotland, although sadly he suffered a horrific knee injury in that match, which he never truly recovered from. Kennedy has done okay so far as caretaker, with just one loss so far. They haven’t been excellent yet, but Kennedy may just be the safe pair of hands that Celtic need.
Celtic fans, who would you want? Personally I think Maresca would be a cracking appointment, but the potential of a Roy Keane docu-series is very exciting!