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John Collins casts doubt on Steve Clarke for Celtic job, says club need to replace Scott Brown

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John Collins casts doubt on Steve Clarke for Celtic job, says club need to replace Scott Brown

Former Celtic midfielder, John Collins, has had his say on the managerial debate at the club and believes Steve Clarke may not be the right man at this moment.

Clarke is among a number of managers being linked with the big vacancy in Scotland. Neil Lennon’s departure this week leaving one of the biggest jobs in European football open to applicants.

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However, Collins is unsure on Clarke’s suitability for the role. He told Talksport it might need to be someone else, given the demands placed on the Celtic manager by supporters.

“Stevie Clarke has done a terrific job with Scotland and Kilmarnock. Has he produced attacking, entertaining football? The answer would be probably not,” Collins commented.

“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.”


Along with getting a new manager in the door, Collins also believes that Celtic need to move on from playing Scott Brown in midfield.

“Scott Brown has been a great servant for Celtic, I sold him from Hibs, but at 35 years of age his legs have gone. Not completely but from a no.6 I think we need legs and power and energy and for a decade no one could run away from him. We need to replace him,” Collins added.

TBR View: Collins makes good points here, especially about Brown

Not that it’s a dig at Brown, but Celtic do need to move on eventually from the combative midfielder and if his legs are indeed going that little bit, then the time is now.

His comments on Clarke are also interesting. He has done well with Scotland and he would make Celtic hard to beat as Collins says. But is that all that Bhoys fans want? Would they accept winning with a tight and effective style rather than goals galore?

Certainly is something to weigh up for the Celtic board.

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