John Hartson urges Celtic to appoint Alan Stubbs as Ronny Deila's replacement

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Celtic have been urged by John Hartson to appoint Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs.

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has told The Scottish Sun that the Bhoys should former defender Alan Stubbs as their new manager, once Ronny Deila is sacked.

Celtic have been disappointing this season, having crashed out of both the Champions League and the Europa League before 2015 was even over, and an exit from the Scottish League Cup also piled the pressure on under-fire manager Deila.

The Norwegian has seen his side struggle at times this season, and they sit only three points clear of second placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, though they do have a game in hand.

Many fans are calling for Deila to be sacked, less than two years after he left Stromsgodset for the Bhoys job - and most expect him to be gone before the start of next season.

Supporters are already considering possible replacements, with former Celtic defender David Moyes a popular choice. However, John Hartson thinks another ex-Bhoys centre back should be considered.

Hartson, speaking to the Scottish Sun, has suggested that Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs should be Deila's replacement, having impressed in the Scottish Championship.

The 44-year-old, who made almost 100 appearances for Celtic during his playing career, has Hibs challenging for promotion back to the Scottish Premiership this season, and his work has earned plenty of plaudits this term.

Now, Hartson says that when - not if - Deila gets sacked, Stubbs should be at the top of Celtic's managerial wish list off the back of his results with Hibs as well as the brand of football he is pushing at Easter Road.

"For me Stubbsy is potentially the next Celtic manager," said Hartson. "When Ronny Deila gets sacked — and it’s a when, not an if — then Peter Lawwell should pick the phone up to those in charge at Easter Road to ask permission to talk to their manager. I cannot see anyone out there who is any better."

"Look at the way Hibs are playing, their style of football and how supporters are flocking back to their games. Okay, they’re still in the Championship right now where they’re winning most weeks. But there’s a brand of football Stubbs has given them and that’s the biggest reason those punters are turning up in their droves. At Celtic right now it’s the opposite," he added.

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