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Kilmarnock manager backed for Celtic job by former team-mate

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Kilmarnock manager backed for Celtic job by former team-mate

Steve Clarke continues to defy the odds on limited resources at Kilmarnock.

Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke has been backed for a sensational switch to Celtic by former Chelsea team-mate Joe McLaughlin.

The pair played together during the 1980s at Stamford Bridge and McLaughlin has also told The Herald that Clarke is the manager of the season.

Kilmarnock currently occupy third in the Scottish Premiership and are on the cusp of qualifying for European competition for the first time in 18 years.

Neil Lennon is currently the manager in place at Celtic. He replaced Brendan Rodgers as a temporary incumbent following his switch to Leicester City.

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No decision has been made on what will happen beyond the current campaign just yet. McLaughlin thinks Clarke deserves a chance at Parkhead.

He told The Herald: “Steve should be a stick-on for that job. Neil Lennon is obviously in pole position. If Celtic are looking elsewhere then I think Steve would be the best candidate to go in the there.


“He’s proved himself at Kilmarnock and now deserves the chance to do it with a bigger budget and a bigger club.

“Steve has done an amazing job and he’s made a great case to be considered the manager of the year.”

TBR Verdict

Clarke would certainly be a contender to come up on the rails if he was to be considered by Celtic.

A lot of the talk in various papers have not suggested him for the role. A move for Clarke would kind of make sense though.

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He is a man who is well-respected within the game and he knows Scottish football inside out.

How he would cope with having millions to spend is a different question. Would he be capable of spending it wisely? Or, would he splash the cash on rubbish?

Celtic need a manager who is capable of progressing them in Europe and Clarke doesn’t really tick that box either.

Nonetheless, he has worked as a coach alongside some footballing greats and the Hoops could do a lot worse than trust Clarke with the position.

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