From Larsson to Keane: Five managers who could rescue Celtic

With the pressure on Ronny Deila following a 1-0 loss to Hamilton at Celtic Park, we identify five potential candidates to save the Bhoys’ season.

Celtic may be motoring along nicely in the Europa League following Thursday’s 1-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb but, when it comes to the Scottish Premiership, it’s an altogether different story.

A 1-0 defeat to Hamilton in front of the Parkhead faithful means the Bhoys have now just two of their last six in the league, with some questioning whether Ronny Deila is the right man to take the club forward.

With that in mind, we look at five potential candidates to take over from the Norwegian manager, in the event that the club decides to take a different direction.

Henrik Larsson

Approached over the summer about taking over at Celtic, Larsson turned down the opportunity, choosing instead to remain as manager of Falkenbergs and gain more experience before moving into any high profile job.

Deila’s difficult start to life at Parkhead makes Larsson’s decision look an increasingly shrewd move, but with the club holding a special place in the 43-year-old’s heart the Swede could struggle to turn down his former team a second time.

Chances of being next Celtic manager: 6 out of 10.


Roy Keane

The current assistant manager for Aston Villa and the Republic of Ireland held discussions over stepping in at Celtic over the summer before ultimately deciding against a move into the Parkhead hotseat but don’t be surprised to see the club make a second attempt for the former player.

Despite turning down the role the first time round, Keane is thought to be keen on a return to management, but only with a club willing to match his ambitions. If those behind the scenes at Celtic can do that, and offer an enticing financial package, then a deal could potentially be done.

Chances of being next Celtic manager: 4 out of 10.


Jackie McNamara

A former Bhoys favourite who played over 250 games for the Hoops during a ten-year stint at Celtic Park, McNamara ticks all the boxes as a manager capable of not only working on a budget but also blooding in young Scottish talent, as demonstrated at his current club Dundee United.

Still only 40, it remains to be seen as to whether McNamara feels ready to take over the Glasgow giants but the opportunity to manage the club could be too good to refuse. Dundee United are likely to play hardball when it comes to releasing him from his contract with the Arabs, however.

Chances of being next Celtic manager: 7 out of 10.


Steve Clarke

Arguably the standout candidate to take over in the event that Deila is dismissed, Clarke brings a wealth of Premier League experience, having coached at Newcastle, Chelsea, West Ham and Liverpool as well as enjoying an excellent debut season as manager of West Brom.

The bookmakers’ favourite for the Celtic job prior to the Norwegian's appointment, Clarke is capable of operating on a budget and boasts experience of success in Europe, helping the team to the final of the Champions League under Avram Grant. He’s also without a club and ready to start as soon as required.

Chances of being next Celtic manager: 8 out of 10.


Derek McInnes

Like McNamara, McInnes has emerged as one of the brightest young managers operating in the Scottish top-flight at present, having helped Aberdeen win the Scottish League Cup last season as well as previously earning promotion as manager of St Johnstone a few seasons ago.

The 43-year-old may have failed to make the grade at Bristol City, but his ability to work on a tight budget north of the border, makes him another viable candidate. The only potential stumbling block could be the fact he spent five years at Glasgow Rangers, though he played just 35 times.

Chances of being next Celtic manager: 5 out of 10.

Which of these managers is capable of doing well at Celtic? Should the club stick with Deila?

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