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Celtic would be wise to appoint reported 50-year-old as new manager

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Celtic would be wise to appoint reported 50-year-old as new manager

The Hoops have been linked with a move to make Slaven Bilic their new boss this summer.

Celtic were beaten 2-0 by fierce rivals Rangers on Sunday and although the triple treble is still on the cards, Neil Lennon’s future remains uncertain.

The Nothern Irishman is only on a temporary deal with the Hoops until the end of the season. It is unclear at this stage whether or not his time at the club will be extended.

 

BBC Sport are reporting that former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is keen to discuss the Celtic job with the club’s hierarchy. It must represent a worry for Lennon that standout bosses are expressing a desire to take on the managerial position.

The 50-year-old has been out of work since leaving Saudi side Al-Ittihad in February. He is clearly keen to get back into football as soon as possible. Quite simply, Celtic would be wise to pull out the stops and land Bilic.

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A manager with a point to prove must be an attractive proposition for the Hoops. Bilic is a manager who once led West Ham to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, whilst he had a 64.6% win ratio during his time as Croatia head coach.

For the Scottish Premiership, Bilic would represent a real coup. He has the contact book to attract quality players, whilst he should be capable of building a team capable of keeping Steven Gerrard and Rangers at arm’s length.

He typically has the respect of his dressing rooms and he is a man who commands respect each day on the training ground and out on the pitch.

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Lots of names have been linked with the potential vacancy this summer but it is fair to suggest that Bilic is one of the better managers that Celtic could opt to appoint.

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